Ubuntu is one of the most popular versions of Linux available and runs very much like Windows. One thing it has is its one file explorer (actually called file browser in Ubuntu). Just like in Windows it likes to hide files it believes you don’t want to see.
The good news though is that it’s quite easy to view those files by just changing a few settings. You may already know that by pressing Ctrl + H that this will show the hidden files but this is not a permanent setting. If you are sick of having to always press this shortcut, which to be fair is quite useful then just follow this quick tip and you’ll have hidden files showing by default.
Setting Hidden Files Viewable
The first thing to do is to open your File Browser. What you will see is that the files and folders that are set to hidden are not there. Press Ctrl+H to view them so you know that you will be seeing. Once you are happy that you want this to be your default view then go to the File Browser properties.
Once you are in there go to the Views tab and you will find the checkbox for “Show Hidden and backup files” simple click on this and then save the settings. You should now find that when you close the File Browser and open it the hidden files and folders should now still be visible.
Although it’s nice to have these files visible there may be times you don’t want them visible like that, especially if you have users that you don’t want to see these files. If this is the case then just uncheck the checkbox and save the settings again and you will find that everything is back to normal.