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 !!


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 '15 at 10:49
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    I used the kbd tags. Like so: <kbd>Command</kbd> – John K Jul 3 '15 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 '15 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 '15 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 '15 at 14:38

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