3 Ways to Show Hidden Files on Mac (Ventura and Monterey)

Not sure how to show hidden files on your Mac? Look no further. In this blog post you will learn 3 ways to do this.

Apple hides files that are important to your system to prevent them from being accidentally modified or deleted. But sometimes you need to access your app files to see how your disk space is being used or to delete some app problems in your apps.

Not sure how to open hidden files on your Mac? Read on for more steps.

3 Ways to Show Hidden Files on Mac (Ventura and Monterey)

How to quickly display the User Library folder on a Mac

Your Mac has more than one Library folder. But the most used User Library folder, also called ~/Library, contains all important files for the current user, such as app cache, crash reports, preferences, logs, etc.

The User Library folder is in your Home folder, but hidden from your view by default. If you want to display it in Finder, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Go menu in the Finder.
  2. Click on Option and you will see Library option.
  3. Hold down Option and click on Library and there you will find all the files included in the Finder.
Show library folders on Mac

How to Show Hidden Files and Folders on Mac with Shortcuts

The above method only shows the user library folder. So, how to show all hidden files and folders on Mac?

A quick and easy way to do this is to use the shortcut: Shift + Command + .(period). Click on them in Finder and all hidden files should show up in Finder. Click these 3 buttons again to hide these files.

Show all Hidden files on Mac with shortcut

How to Show Hidden Files and Folders on Mac with Terminal

The above methods can help you temporarily find hidden files on your Mac. To always show hidden files in Finder, you can use Terminal.

  1. Launch Terminal using Launchpad or Spotlight.
  2. Type the command defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE In Terminal and press Enter.
  3. Continue to execute the command killall Finder and the Finder restarts.
How to Show Hidden Files on Mac with Terminal
  1. to swap TRUE with the command in step 2 FALSE to hide files.

  2. To hide a specific file from prying eyes, type chflags hiddenthen drag the file you want to hide to Terminal and press Enter.

Bonus tip: How to manage files on your Mac

You may have a large number of files on your Mac. As you know, managing them is not an easy task. But if you have a tool like BuhoCleaner at hand, this won’t be a problem for you.

BuhoCleaner is one of the best Mac file managers. It helps you visually manage files on your Mac, including hidden files. You can easily see what files are on your Mac, how much space each file is taking up, and which ones can be deleted.

Here’s how to manage files on Mac with BuhoCleaner:

  1. Download, install and launch BuhoCleaner.
  2. Click ToolKit and select Disk Space Analyzer.
  3. Click Scan and you’ll see all the files and folders on your drive, along with their sizes.
  4. Go through them beforehand and remove the ones you don’t need to make room.
How to manage files on Mac with BuhoCleaner

Note that BuhoCleaner is not just a file manager. It is also a handy cleaner with many practical features such as cleaning junk files, uninstalling apps, removing large and duplicate files, managing startup programs, and more. Click here to explore more options.

How to clean Mac with BuhoCleaner

The Bottom Line

Now you know how to find hidden files on your Mac. Which way do you like the most and would you like to try it first?

Please note that showing hidden files is for better control of your files and to troubleshoot app issues. Under no circumstances do we recommend deleting files that you don’t believe are critical to MacOS.

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