In my cpanel (dont know the version number) it didn’t show .htaccess file and hid it by default. If it happens and as a lazy person like me you dont want to do ftp like things to get the htaccess appeared on you, just click on a visible file and open it in cpanel editor. It will give you the url something like below.
Just replace the index.php in above url with .htaccess and press enter. .htaccess code should be there in your file editor which you can use to create new file from it or sort of things..