By default Finder doesn’t show some of the special files and folders that are on the drive. For instance this behavior includes files with names that start with a dot such as “.htaccess” are not shown.
In Figure 1 Finder shows only one file, index.php. However there are two other files in this folder but they are not displayed.
In MacOS Sierra (Version 10.12.x) there’s a keyboard combination to toggle between showing or not hidden files. The combination uses 3 keys:
“Command” + “Shift” + “.”
In Figure 3 Finder now shows the two special files that were hidden. These files are considered special because their filenames start with a “.” (a dot or period). Folders with names starting with a dot are also considered special. Finder doesn’t display them by default either.
Now Finder shows two files that were hidden: .htaccess and .donotbackup.
Press again on the same key combination to take Finder back to the default mode of hiding special files and folders.
- MacBook Pro with Touch Bar Late 2016
- MacOS Sierra Version 10.12.6