21 responses

  1. cynsa
    February 12, 2018

    awesome, thank you!

  2. bruce
    February 12, 2018

    How can I select files and/or folders and hide them with a shortcut?
    Thanks for your reply

    • junebeetle
      February 12, 2018

      Not sure of a shortcut, but you can use Terminal:

      chflags hidden /path/to/file

      Or you can rename the file to start with a “.” (I think you need hidden files showing for the system to allow this.)

    • Jan Steinman
      February 12, 2018

      You could rename them so their name begins with a period.

      • Jan-Lucas
        February 13, 2018

        I tried this trick and the file has completely disappeared. Where could it have gone to? The really strange thing is that it put a screenshot of the file in Dropbox at the same time.

  3. avenged110
    February 12, 2018

    Considering this doesn’t apply to OS X Mavericks, I’m going to assume in the future that when you say “modern” versions of OS X, that you’re referring to the “hideously designed” versions.

    • Whoma
      February 13, 2018

      MacOS 10.12 and later support the toggle hidden files toggle keystroke. So yes you have to have the bleach low contrast interface to use this tip.

      I do the defaults write string to show invisible files on one of my other Macs with Mavericks too, it’s lighting speed, stable, low resource use, good all around but missing a few features.

    • Howie Isaacks
      February 13, 2018

      “hideously designed”???? Really? I hope you’re really happy with Mavericks and what ever hardware you’re running it on since you’re going to be using them for a really long time if you think newer versions of macOS are “hideous”.

      • avenged110
        February 15, 2018

        I am and I do.

  4. Gokhan
    February 12, 2018

    This is very useful,thank you very much but I have a little problem;I am F keyboard user but I can’t run this command on F keyboard…any idea? thanks again for help.

  5. cj
    February 12, 2018

    awesome guys! thank you very very much! ;-)

  6. arie
    February 13, 2018

    Thank you, very usefull.

  7. Pole
    February 13, 2018

    how can do that on FR keyboard ?

  8. Frédéric Hardy
    February 13, 2018

    @Pole: On FR keyboard, just do CMD + fn + Shift + Period.

    • Pole
      February 14, 2018

      Thank you very much
      it’s fine

  9. David51
    February 13, 2018


    French user here also….with a “AZERTY” keyboard on the MacBookPro, i am on El Capitan and that shorcut do not work for me too…

    But, i’ve read about this shorcut already & the correct way to get it is to puch the “FN” key, that make = fn+CMD+Shift+. ( read : DOT or ; ) / So in French that make = fn+cmd+Maj+.(point)

    And in all cases, that do not work for me also…

    But (2), the best way i find and i used since years on mac is to work with the Finder Search = on FInder / CMD+F….A windows opened & than you can sort by exemple ; on the first line : Type….any
    Push the + button and add : File system … Included
    Push again the + Button : Display files ….show invisible etc….

    • Ckermo
      February 14, 2018

      CMD + fn + Shift + Period (; on the keyboard) works perfectly on an AZERTY keyboard.

      • David51
        February 14, 2018

        Hi Ckermo,

        Thank you for your help, well i try several’s time and not work for me on my MacBook Pro ( El Capitan ), maybe because i have my Keyboard ( Pref / Keyboard / Input Method ) set to “French / Français” and not French NUM ??

  10. John Greer
    February 13, 2018


  11. cashxx
    February 13, 2018

    Wow…I’m stunned. This is a new one! Thanks for sharing!

    • cashxx
      February 13, 2018

      lol….looking at my commands list I keep around. I have it from under Snow Leopard. I forgot about it!

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