10753 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Dec 9, 2008 3:23 AM by bpbpbp
This is really handy when you create it as a shell script, wrap it an Automator plugin for Finder and can then access it from the context menu.
Now I can right click, access the Automator submenu and select “Show Hidden Files” (the name I gave to the plugin). To invert, I select my “Hide Hidden Files” plugin.
Automator has a Do Shell Script function. You can use that. Of course you will need to provide some additional code to be able to toggle back and forth between TRUE and FALSE.
Alternatively, put it in an AppleScript along with the additional script code to do a toggle.
Or you can download the freeware utility - ShowHideInvisibleFiles - from VersionTracker or MacUpdate.
Sure. Open Automator and start playing with it. Use Automator Help from the Help menu for things you don't know how to do. Go to Apples website and watch the tutorials. Google "automator" and "applescript" for more information. Go to the bookstore and buy some books that provide information on how to use Automator and AppleScript. Visit the library (Public, that is.)
It's very easy.
1. Open Automator.app
2. It will open with a drop down menu.
In the drop down menu select >custom > choose
3. In the variables list choose "Run Shell Script", double click it,
a command box will open.
4. type in (the first line) defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
5. press return
6. type in (the 2nd line) killall Finder
should see this in the box:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
7. At the top left of your screen select > file > save as plugin
8. A box will open > Save Plug-in as:
9. Give it a name like "Show Hidden Files" (without the quotes).
10. Make sure "Plug-in for: finder" (second line) is selected also. Click Save.
You are almost done.
Repeat the process substituting:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
In step 6 and
"Hide Hidden Files"
in step 9.
Now both commands are placed on the finder context menu.
You can Access them using Control + Click or setting up a secondary mouse button.
Hi, Thanks for the geat information but when I opened Automator the following was showing in the Run Shell Script dialogue box....In the text box it has the word 'CAT' - I assume that this should be deleted before adding the text you recommend. Also, the Shell drop down box shows /bin/bash and the Pass Input drop down box shows 'stdin' - should either of these boxes be changed before saving the script?