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Accessing Hidden Files and Folders on Mac and Windows

Craig Boyer
Graphisoft Alumni
Graphisoft Alumni
Computers running both Windows and Mac operating systems have hidden folders and files. Sometimes it is necessary to access and remove these files when troubleshooting issues in ArchiCAD. Below are steps to access hidden files and folders on both platforms.

macOS

1. Click the Finder icon in dock to make it the active application.

2. In the Go menu, hold the Option key and Library will appear midway down the menu.

3. Click Library and the folder will open in a Finder window.

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OR

1. Click the Finder icon in dock to make it the active application.

2. Visit Go > Go to Folder and type: ~/Library

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Windows

Show Hidden Files on Windows 8 and 10

1. Click the View tab on File Explorer’s ribbon.

2. Click the Hidden items checkbox in the Show/hide section.

Note: File Explorer will immediately show hidden files and will remember this setting until you change it.

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Show Hidden Files on Windows 7

1. Go to Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Folder Options.

2. Navigate to the View tab.

3. Under Advanced Settings > Files and Folders > Hidden files and folders, click Show hidden files, folders, and drives.

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