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  • 15. Re: hidden files in the item chooser
    snowshed Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    baltwo wrote:

     

    While doing the chflags or defaults write commands will get the hidden files in a Finder window those don't affect the open or save dialogs that applications put up

     

    In order to see hidden files in open and save dialogs, once the dialog is open press command-shift-. (that is the period key). That will set the dialog to show the hidden files. It you want to turn it off press command-shift-. again, it acts as a toggle.

    thumbsup.gifVery nice find. That's one that eluded my ken.

    Can't take the credit for this, it was Frank Caggiano that posted that.

  • 16. Re: hidden files in the item chooser
    snowshed Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    gumsie wrote:

     

    Not a bit of it. There are lots of hidden tricks that you'll not find in the help viewer on a Mac. They I think are omitted by design.

    It's almost like they want you to have fun finding them.

    I don't think either Apple or MS want you to actually know how to use the computer anymore.  Plus, the amount of time needed to do good documentation would cut into their bottom line.

  • 17. Re: hidden files in the item chooser
    snowshed Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    baltwo wrote:

     

    gumsie wrote:

    It's almost like they want you to have fun finding them.

    Hah! They don't want you, the uninitiated and unlearned user, to muck things up by customizing what they think is the perfect design (or Mommy Apple knows best). That's why they hid the user's Library folder. They spent too much support time fixing things when users bolloxed their machines by deleting something useful. Next will be the root-level /Library and /System folders, making their computers just like their other iOS device, locking everyone out.

    Agreed.  MS has done this for years, hiding thing.  But at least they make it easier to unhide, as that option is in the basic folder view configuration settings for those that want to tweak and customize their computers.  How to show the hidden files is clearly offered.  IMO, MS is the better system in this instance.

     

    This type of hiding that Apple appears to do is one of the things that seems to really hit sore points with the Windows power users I see.

    baltwo wrote:

     

    For newcomers. see these:

     

    Common OS X Keyboard Shortcuts

    System Preferences->Keyboard->Keyboard Shortcuts (allows adding and changing current default ones)

    Safari Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts (requires enabling the Debug menu)

    Secrets (download and install the prefPane)

     

    Those should get you and the OP started with doing useful things.

    That keyboard shortcuts list is one thing I've been looking for, and something that should be in the Mac Help files.  All in one spot, not scattered here and there.

     

     

    Whoever, in the past, that thought online help was better than a well written manual needs some kind of remedial training.

  • 18. Re: hidden files in the item chooser
    snowshed Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    gumsie wrote:

     

    They should push backups more than they currently do.

    Exactly!

  • 19. Re: hidden files in the item chooser
    baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (60,115 points)

    My post states: 

     

    Jan 21, 2013 11:19 PM (in response to Frank Caggiano)
  • 20. Re: hidden files in the item chooser
    gmmort3 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    If your not afraid of a good 3rd party app, and would like to make finder your best freind........

     

    http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/42067/xtrafinder

     

    Free (for now) it has many of the features that you would like to see in Finder but don't (INCLUDING an option to hide or show hidden files lickitty split..

  • 21. Re: hidden files in the item chooser
    baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (60,115 points)

    gmmort3 wrote:

    If your not afraid of a good 3rd party app, and would like to make finder your best freind...

    http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/42067/xtrafinder

     

    Free (for now) it has many of the features that you would like to see in Finder but don't (INCLUDING an option to hide or show hidden files lickitty split..

    So does TinkerTool, my favorite. I created an AppleScript app, put it on the Dock, that shows/ and hides hiddens with a single click.

  • 22. Re: hidden files in the item chooser
    Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (23,830 points)

    I have an Applescript as a service in finder that shows/hides the hiddens.

  • 23. Re: hidden files in the item chooser
    VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (5,500 points)

    Actually, I am waiting for them to hide ~.

  • 24. Re: hidden files in the item chooser
    baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (60,115 points)

    Don't give them any stupider ideas. I have a Terminal command that unhides the stupidly hidden user's Library, since I'm constantly going into it and can't be bothered with using any other work-around.  

  • 25. Re: hidden files in the item chooser
    snowshed Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks!

     

    I haven't gotten it under control yet, but this is the kind of fiddling I like to do to my computers that make them mine, not Apple's or MS's.  

  • 26. Re: hidden files in the item chooser
    veljkobb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    would you mind sharing it? thanks

     

    Message was edited by: veljkobb oh now I see the post is more than a year old :( I'll make my own

  • 27. Re: hidden files in the item chooser
    Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (23,830 points)

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    Just an automator service workflow that runs an Applescript.

  • 28. Re: hidden files in the item chooser
    baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (60,115 points)

    I use this AppleScript, saved as an app, and put on the Dock. Single-click toggles it.

     

    try

              do shell script "defaults read com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles"

    on error

              do shell script "defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles 0"

    end try

    if (do shell script "defaults read com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles") is equal to "0" then

              do shell script "defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles 1"

    else

              do shell script "defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles 0"

    end if

    do shell script "killall Finder"

  • 29. Re: hidden files in the item chooser
    veljkobb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you to both of you (Frank Caggiano and baltwo)! I've actually combined your scripts to make a service, then I assigned a shortcut to it and it works really nice. Thanks.

     

    Does anyone know how to do the same thing for "Show Package Contents" (10.9 OS X). This is not really the same issue but still has to do with Finder not showing the content of the directory. For example if you go to Pictures and click (highlight) "iPhoto Library" you won't see any content no matter what the setting for hidden files is. However, if you go to the same place through the terminal you'll see all that iPhoto uses to handle its imports (as not hidden). Finder can show this if you select "Show Package Contents" which is offered in right click menu.