How To Show Hidden Files
For the casual user, knowing how to show hidden files is really not that big of a deal. Most hidden files are actually needed and you should not mess with them. But other hidden files are just excess junk that clutters your hard drive for the benefit of some web tracking software. After a while, these hidden files may start to annoy you. Maybe they annoy you because you want to view everything for debugging purposes or perhaps you hate trying cleaning up your hard drive. Regardless, you can do this. Whether you mess with the hidden files or not is up to you but please remember that some of that file structure is hidden because your operating system actually needs it to work.
To show hidden files, you will need:
- A computer
- Houdini software for Mac
- The Apple way. To show hidden files on a Mac you will need some software. You can go mano a mano with the Mac operating system and force it to reveal the hidden files but there is a much more simple and elegant way. Download Houdini which is free and install it. Now you can show any hidden files or even create a few of your own based on a password system. It's great for hiding your Hobbit porn.
- The Windows way. Windows is much more accommodating than Mac in that it allows you to see hidden files without a whole lot of guff or third party software. In any Windows screen you can simply go to 'View' and select the 'Show All Files' option. If you are running newer versions of Windows like Vista you will have to select the 'Classic View' in the Control Panel in order to achieve this option.