Have some private files that you don’t want to risk anyone else seeing? You can hide ‘em in macOS Monterey, though you’ll have to use the Terminal.
That’s the tool that provides text-based access to the operating system, in contrast to the mostly graphical nature of the user experience of macOS. It has lots of power, so not everyone wants to tamper with it as there’s the potential of screwing up some things on your Mac.
However, if you’re willing to use Terminal, here’s how you hide your files, based on the method for doing so in macOS Monterey :
- Press the Command and Space keys simultaneously.
- Type the word “Terminal” and press Enter.
- A terminal window will open.
- In the window, type in this command: chflags hidden
- Press the space key.
- Drag the file or folder you want to hide from the Finder and drop it/them into the terminal window. (The Finder is the home base for your Mac. You use it to organize and access almost everything on your Mac, including documents, images, movies, and any other files you have.)
- Press return.
When you want the hidden files to reappear, the easiest way is — in an active Finder window — press the Shift, Command (⌘), and period symbol (.) keys simultaneously. This works everywhere except for the Desktop, and you can hide the affected files and folders again by repeating the key combo.