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Double clicking on invisible folder won't open it

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John Prokos Calculating status...
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Feb 13, 2013 2:49 AM

Invisible folder behavior is different in 10.8 compared to 10.6. Finder won't open an invisible folder when you double click on it. I never installed Lion so don't know if this same behavior was there too. Is this a security feature or a bug?

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), 8 GB Memory
  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,350 points)

    How do you double-click on something that is invisible?

  • softwater Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)

    Are you talking about when in Icon view?


    Either switch to column or list view or, if you must use Icon view, control-click and choose 'open'.

  • softwater Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)

    John Prokos wrote:

    these are system directories we are talking about. Why has this behavior changed?


    No idea, wasn't aware of it till you pointed it out because I never use icon view. Always been a column view man, myself (and just to reiterate, it doesn't occur in column view ).

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,350 points)

    You can show invisble files using the following terminal command:


    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles True


    then restart finder by entering:

    killall Finder

    Then they're not invisible anymore.

    However, they still have the hidden bit set, if that is how they were hidden. I haven't found a need to unhide anything (I just use unix, Go to Folder, or Go Library), so I don't know if the behavior has changed or if it is just something on your system.


    How many of these folders do you need to get into and how often?

    Maybe you can just create aliases to those folders so you can get to them easily. Or, you could create a Service to open them and even give them shortcuts.

  • creativecoder Calculating status...

    I am also wondering if this is a "feature". It is annoying.


    Cmd+o on the keyboard is a workaround that's faster than Ctrl+click


    I guess I'm switching to column view whenever I'm working with "invisible" folders and files


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