How to show hidden files in Windows and macOS X

hidden-filesWindows and macOS X include a large number of files that are hidden from the user . This is done to avoid modifications or deletion by mistake of any of them, something that could cause problems such as the incorrect operation of some applications or directly from the system itself. Still, there are times when it is necessary to have access to it or its folders and this is how you can do it.

How to view hidden Windows files and folders

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To view hidden folders and files in Windows, all you have to do is the following:

  1. Open Windows File Explorer and go to the Display tab.
  2. Within that tab you will see a button called Options, click.
  3. Next, select the Change folder option and search for options.
  4. A window will open, see Advanced Settings.
  5. You will see an activated setting that indicates Hide protected operating system files , uncheck it.

Ready, after a request to confirm that you really want them to be shown, you will have it. From this moment you can modify any file as you have access to them and they are visible. You could also copy new files to certain folders.

The latter, for example, is useful when you want to replace or copy a file saved from a video game. Exactly, of those that from the beginning already allow you to access 100% of the content, or that it is a backup made before deciding to format your PC or having to do it for some type of specific error.

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How to view hidden macOS X folders and files

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Let’s now turn to the Apple operating system, here it is also useful for certain actions to be able to access the hidden directories and files that are also in the system. To see them there are different methods, some simpler than others.

The most common until not long ago has always been a Terminal command. You open the terminal and execute this command:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool YES && killall Finder

If after doing what you had to do you want to return to normal and hide again, you just have to repeat the same command but replace the YES with NO. It’s that simple, although if you want a much faster and more convenient way to display files or cults in a folder, all you have to do is use the key combination: uppercase + command + key (.) .

Be careful with the files you touch

As you can see, both showing and hiding these files and folders that the system or applications protect by default is not complicated at all. Both Windows and macOS X is just a matter of knowing where to go to find or have the adjustment or combination you need depending on the system you use.

Of course, whenever you go to play one of these files make sure it is correct and why you are going to do it. Especially if you have important information stored and it is not elsewhere. Because if something fails and affects system startup, you may not be able to start normally until you reinstall. And that last could cause a loss of information.