We have a Windows domain with a few Macs connected. They can see the network shares no problem but there are some directories where the name begins with a full stop. The Macs cannot see these for some reason.

Does anyone know why?

  • File/Directory names beginning with . are treated as hidden. To toggle the display of hidden files/directories, press the Finder keyboard shortcut, Cmd + Shift + .
    – Nimesh Neema
    Aug 3, 2018 at 9:33

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File/Directory names beginning with . are treated as hidden in macOS and are not displayed in Finder by default.

To view hidden items, invoke the Finder keyboard shortcut, + Shift + .. This key combination toggles the display of hidden items in Finder, thus re-invoking it will hide the display of hidden items.

When using a Non-Apple/PC keyboard, the key equivalent to is Window key. (This key is generally referred to as Meta key).

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