macOS Sierra: Show hidden files with keyboard shortcut

Make hidden files and folders visible under macOS Sierra on the Apple Mac, iMac or MacBook with a simple key combination / shortcut with CMD shift and dot key.

If you guys show hidden files under macOS Sierra 10.12 you don't necessarily need a tool like Onyx or TinkerTool, just a simple key combination. The shortcut consisting of the command key, shift key and period in the Finder means that you can display hidden files and folders. This can be quite helpful in both macOS Sierra system folders and program folders.

Show hidden files on the Mac, iMac or MacBook under macOS Sierra: with the key combination CMD + Shift + period it works. Keyboard picture: Apple
Display hidden files on Mac, iMac or MacBook under macOS Sierra: use the key combination CMD + Shift + Period. Keyboard image: Apple

macOS keyboard shortcut to show hidden files and folders

As you can see in the picture, you simply press the key combination CMD + Shift + point. This saves you the detour via additional programs or that Port. Of course, you can also use Onyx or TinkerTool to reach your goal and use other features, but if you are only after hidden files, then the shortcut shown will suffice. Just try the whole thing out in a system folder – or hide a file or folder yourself. With CMD, Shift and point everything is displayed.

Hide hidden files and folders on macOS

However, it may also be necessary not only to show the hidden files and folders, but also to hide them again. For example, because children also use the Mac or MacBook and like to move, rename, delete folders or do other experiments. Free trial and error on the computer can build up a lot of knowledge (I speak from 20 years of experience), but you also learn from many mistakes (ditto);) So if you have important work folders that should not be used, then you can Hiding also helps - or just a regular one Backup.

Your opinion on the subject

Do you sometimes operate on programs or on the system and have to display hidden files and folders? How do you do it under OS X and macOS; with the keyboard shortcut, a tool or the terminal? Feel free to leave a comment :)

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8 Responses to “macOS Sierra: Show hidden files with keyboard shortcut”

    1. Hello Niels! Pathfinder is a nice tool for file management. But using it only for the hidden files would almost be like throwing pearls to swine. :) I think you can also work with a key combination. It doesn't take any more effort than opening Pathfinder and clicking... but the tool is definitely worth a look. It has some file functions that the Finder unfortunately doesn't have.

  1. Hello, keyboard shortcut does not work on my computer. I did 10.13.4. I didn't fumble on the computer. I got iPad Pro. And downloaded for WhatApp. Demo and cannot delete the program, even with OnyX.

  2. I have thousands of folders here called @eaDir that I would like to hide. It should go with chflags. How do I do this so that I don't always give the exact path?

    Example the Secret folder is hidden with chflags hidden ~ / Desktop / Secret. But now for all secret folders on the volume ...

    1. Hi squad! I'm not that much of a terminal freak and unfortunately I can't give you any reliable information. But I strongly assume that you can get ahead with a wildcard (asterisk). But I don't have a working example right now. LG! Jens

  3. Hi jens, it seems to be more a question of implementing BSD flags in Synology's DSM. chflags -R hidden should recursively make all folders invisible.

    Better still:
    find /Volumes/example -x -type d -name “@eaDir” -exec chflags hidden {} \;

    But don't want to.

    I keep searching :)


  4. Hi folks I am looking for help to change my keyboard from MacBook Pro to normal letters, from symbol to normal Latin alphabet. thanks

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