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How to Show Hidden Files on Mac Storage Drive?

Summary: Sometimes, the users cannot find the files that are hidden on Mac. This article presents some effective solutions to unhide the hidden files on the Mac storage drive. In case the files got deleted or lost, it mentions a free data recovery software for Mac that can help recover such files.


Mac system keeps some of the important system folders hidden. This is because the system uses these folders to store critical information. If these folders are accidentally or intentionally deleted, this may result in Mac system crash. Similarly, to protect critical data from accidental deletion, users also hide some essential files and folders.

So, if you want to access such hidden files and folders, this article discusses different approaches to access the hidden files on Mac storage drive.

How to Show Hidden Files on Mac?

Below, we’ve mentioned three methods that can help you unhide the hidden files on your Mac.

1. Use Finder to Show Hidden Files on Mac

You can use Finder on your Mac to show hidden files. Follow the steps below to view the hidden files on your Mac device by using the Finder:

Step 1: Launch Finder from the Dock.


Finder

Step 2: Select the name of your Mac system under the Devices tab in the sidebar and select System.


Select  system

Step 3: Press Command + Shift +. keys.


command+shift+ dot

Step 4: All the hidden folders will be shown in faded form in the Finder window.


Hidden Folder

Step 5: To hide the folders press the Command + Shift + . keys again.

2. Use Terminal to View Hidden Files on Mac

You can also use the Terminal - a command-line tool view the files hidden on your Mac. Here are the steps to show hidden files on Mac using the Terminal command:

Step 1: Open the Launchpad from Dock.


Launch Pad

Step 2: Search for Terminal and open it.


Terminal

Step 3: Insert the following command in the Terminal window and hit Return. (Copy paste the command to avoid error.)

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool true


Command

Step 4: Again, insert the command killall Finder in the Terminal and hit Return.


Command-2

The Finder will quit and restart after the execution of above command. Once the Finder reappears, you can view the hidden files on Mac.


Finder Reappears

3. Recover Lost Files using Stellar Data Recovery Free Edition

If none of the above methods works, it is possible that your files are not hidden but might be lost or deleted accidentally. You can use Stellar Data Recovery Free Edition for Mac to get back your files. The software allows secure and hassle-free data recovery from Mac storage devices. It provides up to 1 GB data recovery free of cost and recovers deleted documents, photos, videos, etc.


Stellar Data Recovery Free Edition for Mac

To know about the detailed steps on how to recover your lost files using Stellar Data Recovery Free Edition for Mac, read this: How to Recover Selected Data for Free with Stellar Data Recovery for Mac?

Conclusion

Hiding an important file on Mac is indeed a smart move to protect it from getting lost, deleted, or destroyed accidentally. However, it is quite easy to access the hidden files on Mac. This article has mentioned different methods that can help you unhide the hidden files on your Mac. In case your files got deleted or lost, you can recover the files by using Stellar Data Recovery Free Edition.

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