I know there are some files in my Home folder that start with a . (full stop).

How can I view them in Files? (I know I can use ls -a on the command line.)

2 Answers 2


Ctrl + H


right-click context menu

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Press Ctrl + H to view them. This is a temporary setting sometimes, and you can press it again to hide them.

There is also a right click option, which has the same effect as Ctrl+H.

If the setting isn't persistent, you can use this command:

gsettings set io.elementary.files.preferences show-hiddenfiles true

and to hide again use this:

gsettings set io.elementary.files.preferences show-hiddenfiles false
  • Could someone explain the downvotes? :/
    – user3
    Jul 8, 2015 at 21:17
  • Ctrl+h now hide the window. I'm to looking for solution.
    – Alex
    Jun 25, 2020 at 17:48
  • For the record, now that keyboard shortcuts are being shown in various places (including this menu) for accessibility, I've submitted a request to have the Ctrl+H keyboard shortcut shown in the context menu: github.com/elementary/files/issues/1751
    – waldyrious
    Jul 10, 2021 at 17:13

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