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How do I search hidden files?

2625 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 9, 2011 5:48 PM by baltwo RSS
Bernhard VonZastrow1 Calculating status...
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Jan 9, 2011 4:42 PM
My girlfriend just switched from a pc and we are in the process of organizing her huge huge collection of files. One thing we have noticed is that there are a ton of hidden files that we don't need. These are nearly all Microsoft word .tmp files and start with a ~

Spotlight won't show these files, even after I did the terminal command to show hidden files in the finder. So the question is: how do I get rid of all of these files?
iMac i7, Mac mini G4, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • jsd2 Level 5 Level 5 (6,200 points)
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    Jan 9, 2011 5:09 PM (in response to Bernhard VonZastrow1)
    Take a look at [EasyFind|http://www.devon-technologies.com/products/freeware/index.html].
    Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,145 points)
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    Jan 9, 2011 5:11 PM (in response to Bernhard VonZastrow1)
    In a Finder search window, click on Kind, Other, and add invisibles and system files. That should allow you to see all of them.
    27" iMac i7 12 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.6), G4 450 MP GB 1.5 GB RAM w/(10.5.8/10.4.11/9.2.2)
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,145 points)
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    Jan 9, 2011 5:48 PM (in response to Bernhard VonZastrow1)
    Click on the Kind button and select Other from the drop-down menu. You'll get a new window with all the other criteria you can add to the drop-down menu, enable the ones you want, in addition to File invisible and System files, and click OK. Click on Kind button again, and add System files and select include, repeat and add File invisible and select visible and invisible, type in .tmp in your search window, and hit the return key. .tmp files should show up.
    27" iMac i7 12 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.6), G4 450 MP GB 1.5 GB RAM w/(10.5.8/10.4.11/9.2.2)

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