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Hide Folder and view hidden files in Mac OS X El Capitan [How]

Hide folder and view hidden file in OS XIt is easy to hide Folders which contains private thing such as photo and video on a Mac. How to view hidden files at a reverse way in OS X – El Capitan, Yosemite or any OS X versions? Look at our quick tips today.

This supposes to be one way to keep your data safe at a light level. To effectively prevent other from accessing your private data, look at our other post – How to add password to protect a Folder in Mac OS X.

How to hide folders and make them invisible in OS X?

I will give you a simplest way to make a folder hidden on Mac.

Make Folders hidden using OS X Terminal

How to Hide Folders in Mac OS X
Run Terminal in /Applications/Utilities/ > Type or paste this command: hflags hidden /path/to/folder/ > Enter > Close Terminal.
More clearly, the folder I want to hide named “Kecodoc” in my home directory, the command must be: chflags hidden ~/Secrets/
– If you feel pretty complicated to provide exact Folder direction, take these step:
Run Terminal > type this command of chflags hidden (including a space at the end) > then drag and drop the Folder into Terminal Window > Enter > done!
Hide folder in OS X with terminal command

The Folder including all files such as music, image and movie will be hidden. To access them, look at further tip below.

Easily view hidden files in Mac OS X

To access and view hidden Folders and files, there are 2 ways:

  • Of course, you unhide the folder by taking them same steps above when you hided the folder, but using the command of chflags nohidden instead of chflags hidden.
  • Second way to view hidden folder and files on Mac while you still keep them invisible:

Press Command+Shift+G to go to “Go To Folder” window > Fill the exact path to the folder as you used when hiding it.

View hidden files and folders in OS X

You now should know how easy to hide Folder and view hidden files in Mac OS X El Capitan, Yosemite or other OS X version. Cheers!

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