Use Mac Finder to show hidden files on Mac

September 4, 2021

For your own convenience, Apple keeps some important files in MacBook hidden so you don’t delete them accidentally. However, if you are a web developer who work with such files on a regular basis, it might seem acceptable to have access to these files. Jump in to find how you can show hidden files on Mac using Mac Finder utility and work them.

How to show hidden files on Mac using Mac Finder?

Any beginner, just getting started with Mac, should avoid accessing important files. It is for this reason, Apple hides them as deleting or removing such files, even accidentally could brick your device. Having said that, you might require accessing them to explore the Library folder for clearing old logs and caches or other junk files. Here’s how to show hidden files on Mac via Mac Finder application.

  1. Switch On your MacBook to go to Desktop Screen.
  2. Choose the Finder utility.
  3. Select Go menu from the Menu bar.
  4. Scroll down to Computer entry.
  5. Under Locations, click on Macintosh HD folder heading.
  6. Press 'Command' + 'Shift' + '.' (the period key) together to show hidden files.

Not everything hidden by macOS is so secret that it should remain completely invisible.

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Make Mac Finder show hidden files

Mac Finder Utility
Mac Finder Utility

Choose the Finder utility from your Mac dock. Alternatively, you can use this shortcut key to open Mac Finder - Command + Shift + H.

Select the Go menu from the Menu bar. It is a linear bar that runs along the top of the screen on your Mac.

Apple Menu Bar Go Menu
Apple Menu Bar Go Menu

From the list of options displayed under the Go menu, select Computer.

MacBook Air Locations
MacBook Air Locations

Under Locations heading on the left side of the Finder window, locate 'Macintosh HD folder'. When found double-click to open it.

Visible Files Folders View
Visible Files Folders View

Now to make the hidden folders visible or show hidden files on Mac, press Command' + 'Shift' + '.' (the period key) together.

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Show Hidden Files on Mac
Show Hidden Files on Mac

You will notice that files and folders that were hidden earlier will now appear under the Macintosh HD window.  You can also spot the hidden files by their icon type and name and icon type. Hidden file names begin with a period and their appearance is either semi-transparent or typically greyed-out.

Mac Finder not responding?

At times, Mac Finder can slows down or turn unresponsive. Here’s what you should do to fix it quickly. Press the CMD + Option + Esc keys on your Apple MacBook keyboard together. When a new window opens up, listing all the running applications, locate Finder's entry and hit the Relaunch button to open it.  You should be able to use the Finder now, normally.

Hope it makes sense!

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