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Don Peterson Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)
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Jun 8, 2011 3:29 PM

How do I view invisible files?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,750 points)
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    Jun 8, 2011 3:32 PM (in response to Don Peterson)

    Open the AppleScript Editor in the /Applications/Utilities/ folder and run the following:

     

    tell application "Finder" to quit

    if (do shell script "defaults read com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles") is "1" then

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

    else

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

    end if

    delay 2

    tell application "Finder" to run

     

     

     

     

     

    The /dev folder on the startup disk can't be made visible in the Finder through this or any other method.

     

    (58713)

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,035 points)
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    Jun 8, 2011 3:32 PM (in response to Don Peterson)

    Enable Finder to Show Invisible Files and Folders

     

    Open the Terminal application in your Utilities folder.  At the prompt enter or paste the following command line then press RETURN.

     

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

     

    To turn off the display of invisible files and folders enter or paste the following command line and press RETURN.

     

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE

     

    Alternatively you can use one of the numerous third-party utilities such as TinkerTool or ShowHideInvisibleFiles - VersionTracker or MacUpdate.

  • woopit2011 Calculating status...
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    Dec 10, 2012 6:26 PM (in response to Kappy)

    Arent these commands missing a second line? I cant get them to work unless I type in 2 lines for each command. the first set is to show invisible files and the 2nd set is to hide them:

     

    To show invisible files:

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE  (press RETURN)

     

    killall Finder    (press RETURN)

     

     

    To hide invisible files:

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE    (press RETURN)

     

    killall Finder    (press RETURN)

  • Seth Myhre Level 2 Level 2 (325 points)
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    Apr 17, 2013 8:58 AM (in response to Don Peterson)

    There is also a simple widget that does all that without you having to mess with the command line called HiddenFiles. I have used it for years now very easy and fast. Here is a link to the widget as the original site I got it from seems to have been taken down or something:

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/2511407/HiddenFiles.zip

  • Seth Myhre Level 2 Level 2 (325 points)
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    Apr 17, 2013 1:21 PM (in response to Don Peterson)

    You are very welcome!

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