I've tried How to unhide files on Mac?, and chflags nohidden not unhiding hidden files to no avail. I want to unhide ~/desktop while I have iCloud desktop turned on.

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While you can unhide folders, you cannot unhide the Desktop or Documents folder when using Desktop iCloud. Both it and the Documents folder are hidden by having the com.apple.iCloud.desktop extended attribute applied, remove that attribute and you are no longer using iCloud Desktop/Documents folders.

You could do something like ln -s "$HOME/Desktop" "$HOME/Desktop " (note the space) if you want to see a folder in your home folder.

  • When I type that in it just says dquote, what do I put there? Jan 1, 2021 at 23:25
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    @unbeatable101, I have fixed the shell command in lbutlr's answer so it would actually create a symbolic link. As it was originally written it would not work that way as quotes placed around ~ keeps it from expanding properly. $HOME is the better way in this use case. Jan 1, 2021 at 23:49
  • thanks, forgot that ~ don’t expand in double quotes. ~/Desktop and ~/“Desktop “ should also work.
    – lbutlr
    Jan 5, 2021 at 5:28

Press ⇧ Shift + ⌘ Command + . . This key combination will display any hidden folders in your Mac's hard drive. Any hidden folders or files will appear as grayed-out. This keyboard shortcut can be done from any Finder window.

  • Yes that works, but is not what I wanted, that will make all folders hidden, I just wanted ~/desktop unhidden. Jan 1, 2021 at 23:31
  • Welcome to Ask Different! The OP stated "I've tried How to unhide files on Mac?," which happens to have that keyboard shortcut, so repeating it as an answer makes no sense! Please take the time to read and understand the question being asked before posting your answer. Jan 1, 2021 at 23:44

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