How to access hidden folders

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  • Operating System: All

Ableton Live stores and writes important files into certain folders which may be hidden by default on your OS. In case you need to access these files, you can do so using the following instructions:

Windows 10 and Windows 8:

In order to temporarily open a hidden folder:

  1. Open Windows Explorer
  2. Type in %foldername% and hit enter
  3. For example, to open the ProgramData folder, type %programdata% and hit enter

In order to permanently display all hidden folders:

Step 1: Folder Options

Open This PC, click View and select Options.

Step 2: Show the hidden files and folders in the View settings.

In the Folder Options window, choose View, select Show hidden files, folders, and drives, and then click OK.

Windows Vista and Windows 7:

In order to temporarily open a hidden folder:

  1. Open Windows Explorer
  2. Type in %foldername% and hit enter
  3. For example, to open the ProgramData folder, type %programdata% and hit enter

In order to permanently display all hidden folders:

  1. Launch the Windows Explorer.
  2. Click on 'Organize' → 'Folder and Search Options' → 'View'.
  3. Check 'Show hidden files and folders'.

Windows XP:

  1. Launch Explorer.
  2. Select Tools/Folder Options/View.
  3. Check “Show hidden files and folders.”

Mac OS X 10.7 and higher:

To make 'Macintosh HD:/Users/[username]/Library' visible:

  1. Open Finder
  2. Click "Go" on the menu bar
  3. Press and hold the “option/alt” key
  4. Then click the "Library" shortcut which appears

To access the top level of the Macintosh HD:

  1. Open Finder
  2. Click "Finder" on the menu bar, then "Preferences"
  3. Go to the "Sidebar" tab
  4. Check "Hard disks" in the "Devices" section.
  5. The "Macintosh HD" shortcut will now appear on the sidebar in finder