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If you are looking for those hidden files (or dot-files) on your Mac, here’s how to see them in your Finder.

  1. Open a new Finder window and click on the name of your Mac under ‘Devices’ in the sidebar.
  2. Click on Macintosh HD, or whatever you’ve called your startup drive if you’ve renamed it.
  3. Press Command-Shift-. (period). You should now see lots of files and folders who’s name starts with “.” become visible.
  4. To re-hide the files and folders, hold down Command-Shift-. again

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Once you’ve done this, you should see your hidden files in every folder. They come after the non-hidden files and are slightly opaque.