To view hidden files on a Mac, do the following:

  1. Open the Terminal (picture below shows where to find it).
    Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 10.10.12 AM
  2. Type the following into the terminal, without the quotation marks: “defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES”.
  3. Hit the Return key on your keyboard.
  4. Restart Finder. (Follow the numbers on the screenshot below)
    Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 10.15.17 AM
  5. You can now see hidden files. To undo this action, repeat Steps 1 to 4 but replace the “YES” part in Step 2 with a “NO”. (Do not include the quotation marks)

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