How To Show Hidden Files Mac EL Capitan

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    Show hidden files Mac has two different methods to the hiding files on mac. Unlike Microsoft Windows, some files and applications are hidden automatically by default on your Mac OS X El Capitan and need to be manually changed so mac show hidden files. Some of the files that are hidden are important and damaging them could prevent your system from booting all together. If for some reason you’re not happy with your computer, you can sell your phones and electronics for cash with Gazelle Trade-In.

    You can have mac show hiddenfiles so you can show hidden files mac Terminal utility on your computer. The following steps will help show hidden files on Mac OS X El Capitan and help hide files on Mac for Windows as well. The guide will also provide with a mac show hidden files keyboard shortcutas show hidden files mac terminal.

    If you’re just going through finder, there is an easy way to get around this. For example, to access in your Library folder, while in Finder go to Go in the menu bar and then click on the Go To Folder option.

    The shortcut for this is Shift + Command + G. Enter either ~/Library or/Library in the box that pops depending on if you want to access your user directory level Library folder or the total system wide Library folder.

    However, sometimes you’ll notice that when opening a file within an app, you will not have the option to jump directly into a hidden folder with the Go To Folder option.

    If you need access to a hidden system folder or file while selecting a file within an app, you will want to open up Terminal (Applications -> Utilities ->Terminal) and input this command: defaults write AppleShowAllFiles YES

    Hit enter and then after the command has gone through successfully, relaunch your finder by holding the option key and right clicking your Finder app in the dock. Alternatively, you could go to the Apple symbol in the top left of the menu bar, open up Force Quit and relaunching Finder through there.

    To hide your system files and folder back again, simply input the same command into Terminal but this time, replace the YES with a NO. Do not include the period.

    If tinkering around in Terminal is not your style, try downloading the free app Tinkertool and using that to view your hidden system files and folders. It has an easy to use interface that will show your system files and folders.

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