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Fix: How To Fix Hidden OS X System Files



If you see OS X system files hidden, this user guide can help you.

  1. In Finder, open the Macintosh HD folder.
  2. Press Command Shift Period.
  3. Your hidden files will be visible. Repeat step 2 to hide them again!



Looks like I google for a command every day to show hidden files on Mac OS X, let alone google for a command to hide hidden files after a few minutes.

Today I decided to make a short and easy-to-remember alias to speed up the process. Now I just need to enter showFiles and hideFiles when I need to show / hide hidden files in OS X. You can do that too.

What You Need To Know

  • At the terminal prompt, enter the default settings. Write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -boolean true; Killall Finder.
  • By default, macOS hides system files and important folders to prevent accidental deletion or modification.
  • The information in this article applies to Macs running macOS Catalina (10.15) on OS X Lion (10.7).

    Most of the hidden files are operating system and configuration files. They should not be removed or changed unless you are sure what they do.

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    8: Use A Third Party Solution

    Try using Apimac secret folder or Altomac hidden folder.

    That’s it: eight different ways to hide files or folders in OS X. Thanks to author Steve McCabe for the advice. You can find this and more in the article “100 Other Things Every Mac User Should Know” in the April issue of Macworld.

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