In Yosemite v10.10.3, I am trying to reinstall Skype, as it does not sign-in at all, following this link. In order to do so, I need to move some files and folders to trash as to totally uninstall Skype first. However, I cannot see these files and folders in the Finder, although they are visible in the Terminal !!

I've also tried the following two commands:

:...& defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES
:...& killall Finder

The result is that I see many hidden files among which I cannot find the files and folders I am looking for.

Please help me with any of them: Skype sign-in problem or Finder Invisibility !!

2 Answers 2


Be sure you aren't looking in the root library, but your user library. Skype in Application Support and com.skype.plist are not invisible by default. Try changing the ~/Library/Application Support with /Users/<username>/Library/ Application Support, with being your Username without the <>.

I find it easy to "Go to" with Shift+Command+G while there is Finder selected, and in the path type /Users/<username>/Library/Application Support/ and click Go. Then look for Skype. To find the plist, do the same, but with Preferences.

Also note that in terminal, the path to Application support would have a backslash (/Application\ Support), instead of only a Space

  • Thank you for your answer. You are correct. I was looking inside the "Root" directory and not inside "Users" directory. The shortcut is very helpful too (a non related question: how did you insert the keyboard keys in your answer?!).
    – McLan
    Jul 3, 2015 at 10:49
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    I used the kbd tags. Like so: <kbd>Command</kbd>
    – John K
    Jul 3, 2015 at 11:05

I don't know about your sign-in problem but about removing the files, you can remove all the required files from the Terminal itself. Removing the Skype app itself from the Applications folder shouldn't be a problem. Type these in Terminal to remove the other files (press enter after each line to execute the command):

rm -rf ~/Library/Application\ Support/Skype/
rm -f ~/Library/Preferences/com.skype.skype.plist*
  • Thanks for your reply. I used these commands eventually to remove the files you mentioned, well, without the -f or -rf options. I also typed ~/.Trash/ at the end of the command line to move it to trash first before completely deleting it (just as a security practice). Nonetheless, I am looking to resolve the issue of the visibility in the Finder in case it happened in the future.
    – McLan
    Jul 3, 2015 at 10:45
  • The -r option is required for removing directories. By the way, typing ~/.Trash/ will cause the command to remove this too. It doesn't mean moving it to the Trash.
    – NEO
    Jul 3, 2015 at 14:32
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    And for the visibility of hidden files, I suppose you typed the command wrong, just type these and it will work: defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES then this, killall Finder For undoing it, just replace YES with NO.
    – NEO
    Jul 3, 2015 at 14:38

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