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by Tom Nelson

Your Mac has a few secrets, hidden folders and files that are invisible to you. Apple hides these files and folders to prevent you from accidentally changing or deleting important data that your Mac needs.

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Apple’s reasoning is good, but there are times when you may need to view these out-of-the-way corners of your Mac’s file system. In fact, you will find accessing these hidden corners of your Mac one of the steps of many of our Mac troubleshooting guides as well as guides to back up important data, such as your mail messages, or your Safari bookmarks.

Fortunately, Apple includes a way to access these hidden goodies in OS X, in the form of an application called Terminal. All it takes to get your Mac to spill its secrets is a little typing in Terminal.

Read more on About: Macs.

 

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