macOS: How to Quickly View Hidden Files and Folders in Finder

My previous method of viewing hidden files and folders with Terminal doesn’t seem to work anymore. But there is a keyboard shortcut that does the same thing.

Hidden Files Shortcut

Using a keyboard shortcut to view hidden files in Finder.

I love how quick, easy, and painless this is. All you have to do in a Finder window is press Command (⌘) + Shift + Period. That’s it. I don’t know if this command specific to macOS High Sierra (but I doubt it). But if you’re running a different version of macOS and this shortcut doesn’t work for you, let me know in the comments and I’ll make a note of it in the article.

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Brian Ratcliff

I am running High Sierra, 10.13.3 and this command isn’t working for me. Any thoughts?

Brian Ratcliff

Disregard. I got it to work.


Great shortcut! I’ve been using a terminal alias to toggle this. Big help!


I don’t know if this command specific to macOS High Sierra

You are correct, sir. This command was introduced in Sierra (a happy accident I stumbled across early last year, after I bought a 2016 MBP). This is quite frankly one of my Top 10 favorite macOS enhancements from at least the past five years; it’s a huge benefit for developers.


Unfortunately not working on El Capitan 🙁



Nope, not in El Capitan… 🙁
I wonder if this shortcut can be enabled in El Capitan nor not.


You would probably have to set it up as a Service with either Automator or AppleScript, then designate a key command. Can’t be done in System Preferences > Keyboard since there’s no Finder menu item for it.


Works in Sierra 10.12.6
Fantastic. Easy. Great. (Finally!)

Graham McKay

Great find. I’ve previously been using Invisibility Toggler, but this is far easier.
Have confirmed it works in 10.12

John Kheit

OMG. Dude you totally rock it! Fantastic find! Thanks!