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How to Hide Files on Mac

By xyla | Lasted Updated 2018-06-15 05:55:45
Not like a Windows computer, hiding files and folders on your Mac is not as easy as it sounds. What can you do?
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Never worry because if you are wondering how you can hide your folders and files on your Mac, I will show you here the steps for you to do this trick.

This way, you will be sure that all those important files and folders that you have there on your Mac will surely be kept safe.

All the files that you have on your Mac might contain important files for business purposes like business data, personal information, and other important things.

Because of this, choosing to hide some files and folders on your Mac computer is one great way for you to have these files safe and private at all times.

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Part 1: How to Hide Files on Mac

For you to know how you can hide your files and folders on your Mac, we have several solutions that are all safe and reliable that you can do.

Though some solutions here are a bit complex to follow, just make sure that check on all the details of each instruction carefully. 

Solution 1: Use Your Terminal to Hide Files and Folders on Mac

The terminal is one the default applications that you have on your Mac that will certainly help you in hiding your files and folders. If you want to know how you can do this, just follow the steps below. 

Step 1: Go ahead and click Finder and the search for Terminal on This Mac

Step 2: After that, go ahead and launch Terminal.

Step 3: Drag and then drop all the files and folders that you want to hide. Once you do this, the path of your path will be shown on your screen.

Just go ahead and click on Return and notice that the file has disappeared on your Mac. 

hide files on mac using terminal

Solution 2: Using Disk Utility for you to Encrypt Your Folders

Having your files and folder encrypted is also a good way for you to keep them safe and private because you will only be the one who can access them.

Here is how you can try to encrypt your files and folders using your Disk Utility. 

# 1: Launch Disk Utility. Just go ahead and type in Disk Utility in your Spotlight Search and then press Enter.

# 2: Go to the menu bar and then choose File, then New, and then Disk Image from Folder.

# 3: After that, choose the file or folder that you would want to encrypt and then click Image. After that, name it and make sure that choose 256-bit AES  Encryption found in the drop-down box next to Encryption.

And then after that, click on Save button and then enter using your password and then click on OK.

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Part 2: How to View Your Files and Foleder on Your Mac

Now that you know how to hide your files and folders on your Mac, then it's time to let you learn how you can view your hidden files and folder.

Here, we have set a step by step method for you to show the hidden files and folders on your Mac computer. Just go ahead and follow these steps.

Step 1: For you to view your hidden file on your Mac, go ahead and launch Terminal on your Mac computer.

Step 2: Once that the Terminal is launched, go ahead and enter these commands and then end it by pressing the Return button.

defaults write.com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

killall Finder

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Part 3: Unhiding Files on Mac

As what we have discussed above and you still do not know how you can possibly unhide your hidden files and folders on your Mac computer.

The solution to this is actually very simple. Just go ahead and ran the same command mentioned above. These commands are the ones that you have during the viewing of your hidden files.

Here is a step by step method for you. 

Step 1: For you to be able to unhide a file or folders, you would still be needed to launch your Mac computer's Terminal

Step 2: After that, go ahead and enter these commands: chflagsnohidden, and then after that, end the process by pressing the space bar. 

Step 3: Go ahead and unhide the files by going to your Terminal on your Mac computer. And then, once you are in the Termina go ahead and enter the following keys and end it by pressing on the spacebar. 

Step 4: After doing those steps, go ahead and drag all your hidden files and folders to the Terminal and then press the Enter key. 

NOTE: If you happen to remember the exact path of your files and folders, you can just easily type that in the Terminal.

However, if in case you do not remember the path to your hidden files or folders, you can just simply do the steps above in the Finder and then drag and drop your hidden files into the Terminal. 

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Part 4: How to Locate Duplicate Files on Mac in The Easiest Way

As we all know, your files and folders saved on your Mac computer may actually contain important data and information.

However, there are times that there are duplicate folders and files that you have saved. Having duplicate files can eat up a lot of storage space on your Mac which will actually make it run slower.

These duplicate files as well are very hard to find especially if you have a lot of them stored on your computer.

Some duplicate files might have a different file name but have the same content.  So, for you to locate your duplicate files and folders in the easiest way, we recommend you to use the iMyMac - Duplicate Finder.

This is one easy, safe and efficient tool that you can use for you to locate and eliminate duplicate files on your Mac computer.

What is the iMyMac-Cleaner Duplicate Finder?

A duplicate Finder will help you to easily find all your duplicate files like videos, music, downloads, documents, and more on your hard drive.

Using this tool, you can easily just delete them for you to free up your storage space on your Mac computer. 

What can the iMyMac-Cleaner Duplicate Finder Do?

The iMyMac-Cleaner (Duplicate Finder) is made for you to locate and delete duplicate files on your Mac.

It will scan all your files and folders that contain the same size and then identify if they are identical or not. It can help you locate your duplicate files regardless of its file name.

It can help you locate your duplicate files like you media, images, and other files. And once they have been located, it will then let you deleted these duplicated files that you have on your Mac.

Some Features Of The iMyMac Duplicate Finder

It has a powerful search that can quickly and efficiently scan all your duplicate files on your Mac computer that has the same contents with different names.

The iMyMac-Cleaner Duplicate Finder can also find not just those data that has the same picture but also for videos, music, and your document files.

The iMyMac-Cleaner Duplicate Finder can scan the result according to its size, time, and other information.

Before you delete a certain duplicate file, you can preview the items first for you to have the assurance that the iMyMac-Cleaner Duplicate Finder did locate your duplicate files.

You have the chance to try this program that comes with 500MB. Because of this, you will be able to experience the most outstanding features that the iMyMac-Cleaner Duplicate Finder have. 

How to Use iMyMac-Cleaner Duplicate Finder

Here, we are going to give the step by step method on how you can locate all your duplicate files on your Mac and let you delete them for you to free up some storage space on your Mac and for it to work faster as well. Follow the simple guide below. 

Step 1: Install and Launch the iMyMac - Cleaner on your Mac Computer

You can have the iMyMac - Cleaner download from our official website and have it installed on your Mac computer.

Once you have successfully installed the program, go ahead and launch it. On the main screen of the iMyMac-Cleaner, you will be able to see the system status of your Mac computer.

Now, on the left panel of your screen, you will be able to see in there the tasks that the iMyMac-Cleaner software can do. From that list, go ahead and choose "Duplicate Finder". 

Step 2: Scan Your Duplicate Files

Once you have selected the Duplicate Finder from the left side of your screen, go ahead and click on the "Scan" button.

After that, the iMyMac - Cleaner will then start scanning your Mac computer for all your duplicate files.

Once that the scanning process is complete, the program will then show you the percentage of your duplicate files that take up your storage space and this program will also give a count on the total number of duplicate files that you have on your Mac computer. 

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Step 3: Choose All Desired Duplicate Files and Delete Them

Once you are done with the scanning process, the program will then show you all of your duplicate files on your Mac.

Preview all your duplicate files and then select all the files that you want to delete from your Mac computer.

To do this, just go ahead and click on the "Clean" button for you to permanently delete all your duplicate files. 

clean duplicate files

Part 5: Conclusion

As you can see, it is really possible that you can actually hide your files and folders on your Mac computer. Doing this to your files and folders will let you feel safe and secure especially if these files and folder contain important information.

As you can see, there are many ways on how you can do this to your files and folders using your Mac computer.

However, there is a tendency that we might have duplicate files on our Mac computer that might be the cause of your Mac slowing down or losing any storage space.

These duplicate files are considered to be a waste and very much unnecessary. This duplicate files actually waste some of your hard drive space. 

Luckily, we have the iMyMac-Cleaner Duplicate Finder tool. This software will help you locate and remove those duplicate files that you have on your Mac.

The Duplicate Finder is actually a powerful tool that is made to scan your folders and files searching for the ones that have the same size and identifies if they are identical.

The amazing thing about the iMyMac-Cleaner Duplicate Finder is that it searches for duplicate files contents regardless of its file name. 

 

You may also use the Finder on your Mac computer which will be able to reveal some all your duplicate files, though there are times that this might not work on your end.

You can also try doing this by the use of your Terminal and entering a Terminal code though it requires that you have to be extra careful in putting in the command that you are going to use.

So, the most recommended tool that you can use if the iMyMac-Cleaner Duplicate Finder because with this tool, you never have to worry about anything in locating all your duplicate files on your Mac computer.

No matter what the situation is, this tool will most certainly help you a lot. And of course, deleting duplicate files on your Mac will free up your storage space and will make your Mac computer run faster.

Have this program downloaded from our official website and we can assure you that this would be a very handy tool that you can use on your Mac computer.

Having this will help you prevent your Mac from running slow or having not enough memory.

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