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        Nathan Parker

        I looked around AskWoody, and I don’t see this posted, so I’m posting this here for my weekly column. If it has been posted before, feel free to merge this with the existing post (I searched and don’t see anything!).

        This week I needed to temporarily show hidden files on my Mac. In case Mac users run into an issue needing to show hidden files on a Mac, here’s how to do so.

        Hide a File (or Folder)

        • Run this command in Terminal, and before hitting enter, add a space to the end of the command and drag the file or folder to the Terminal to include the path to the file or folder: chflags hidden
        • To unhide a file or folder, do the same process with this command: chflags nohidden

        View Hidden Files in Finder

        • Run each of these two commands in the Terminal:defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE followed by killall Finder
        • To re-hide files in the Terminal, run each of these two commands:defaults write AppleShowAllFiles FALSE followed by killall Finder

        Nathan Parker

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        Nathan Parker

        A couple of people from a Mac user group I emailed these instructions to also emailed me and said Shift+Command+Period (.) will show/hide files in the Finder, so that’s another option.

        Nathan Parker

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          AskWoody Plus

          According to this top-of-search-page advice,  that same combination of keys can be used to reveal or hide a folder or file:

          You can use a keyboard shortcut to easily show hidden files and hide them again in a Mac. In Finder you can press Command + Shift + . to show hidden files. If you want to hide those files again, you can press this shortcut again. This method applies to macOS Sierra or higher.

          Some other methods are explained here.
          I have used what is called in this article “Method 1” to reveal the Library ad its contents:

          Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS + Linux (Mint)

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