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By default, when you use the File Manager in cPanel, it does not show hidden files. Hidden files are any file that begins with a dot, such as .htaccess. .htaccess is actually a common file to edit, and so if you would like to edit the file using your File Manager, you'll need to ensure you have the option selected to show hidden files.

Showing hidden files in File Manager

  1. Log into your cPanel
  2. Click the File Manager icon
  3. Ensure Show Hidden Files is selected
  4. Click Go
Select the option to show hidden files: This will now show you dot files!
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n/a Points
2016-06-13 1:58 pm

Much appreciated.  Hidden files are always frustrating, but info like this is a life saver.  If I can't see the blasted file, how can I edit it like at http://**********.com, there are several hidden files I haven't been able to see until now.

38,359 Points
2016-06-13 2:48 pm
Once you can see the files by selecting the option, you can then edit it as normal.
n/a Points
2016-07-13 4:30 pm

In later versions of cPanel, you will click the "Settings" button in the top-right corner inside the File Manager to choose the "Show Hidden Files" option.

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2016-07-20 3:11 am

What if the pop up do not appear? My site Please help.

33,681 Points
2016-07-20 9:25 am
Hello Ali Hossian,

As per Scott's answer above, the new Paper Lantern theme may be applied to your site. They are slowly moving the servers to this new image interface. You can find the settings option to show hidden files in File Manager by going to the top right hand corner and clicking on the gear icon (in File Manager).

If you have any further questions or comments, please let us know.

Arnel C.

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