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Sictransit Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

This OS is really frustrating me, first I can't use Front Row and now I can't figure out how to show hidden files.

  • abhas Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    open terminal and write

     

    defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

     

    and now relaunch finder by typing

     

    killall Finder

     

    done.

  • jobnet Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Did'nt mean to post. Sorry. :-)

  • Beatrice Chambers Level 2 Level 2 (420 points)

    I did the following in Terminal to unhide ~/Library which some nice person posted somewhere. If you know your file name, this should work for any hidden file.

     

    chflags nohidden ~/Library

     

    Bea/CA

  • Aladin99 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi i know that one but for me i prefer to unhide file by there extension. Like my js and css file are hidden. I don't want to unhide all one by one. Does it have a way to do that by extension.

     

    Thank's

     

    Alain

  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (5,065 points)

    Download and use a free utility like TinkerTool: http://www.bresink.com/osx/0TinkerTool/download.php5

  • Aladin99 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I don't see this feature inside that software, it only have the show all hidden files. What i want is seeing some of them like my css js files which are hidden. I don't want to see all like .DS_Store. Finally i just want to develop web site and i believe that cs and js files are some of the most important, why hide them? But the solution can be to activate or deactivate by file extension which seem to be more natural if they want to hide some file like that and simpify the way to reactivate. Anyway they all ready do thing like open file base on they're extension.

     

     

    Alain

  • stewartfromhere Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    After using the method posted by abhas, how do I rehide the folders?

  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (5,065 points)

    The response was intended for the OP. It's more convenient tha using Terminal commands.

  • Tony T1 Level 6 Level 6 (8,685 points)

    FALSE

  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (5,065 points)

    Tony T1 wrote:

     

    FALSE

    Entering, "defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE," followed by, "killall Finder" in Terminal, versus pressing a couple of buttons in TinkerTool, I think not. IMHO

  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (5,065 points)

    Tony T1,

     

    Oops, now I see what you were suggesting, "FALSE" in lieu of "TRUE" at the end of the Terminal line. Sorry, took it literally at first as a response to me instead of "stewartfromhere"

     

    Lanny

  • Tony T1 Level 6 Level 6 (8,685 points)

    Lanny wrote:

     

    Tony T1 wrote:

     

    FALSE

    Entering, "defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE," followed by, "killall Finder" in Terminal, versus pressing a couple of buttons in TinkerTool, I think not. IMHO

     

    Can also use an applescript saved as an App:

     

    set answer to the button returned of (display dialog ("Finder Hidden Files:") buttons {"Show", "Hide", "Cancel"} with icon caution default button 3 with title "Finder Hidden Files")

    if answer is "Show" then

              tell application "Finder" to quit

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

      delay 2

              tell application "Finder" to run

    else

              tell application "Finder" to quit

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

      delay 2

              tell application "Finder" to run

    end if

  • billearl Level 2 Level 2 (175 points)

    Another AppleScript to toggle hidden files visibility (best saved as an app):

     

    try

              set visSet to (do shell script "defaults read com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles") as integer as boolean

    on error

              set visSet to false -- default setting

    end try

     

    do shell script "defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool " & (not visSet) as text

     

    tell application "Finder" to quit

    delay 1

    do shell script "open /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app"

  • smilyben Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    To enable hidden files/folders in finder windows:

    1. Open Finder
    2. Open the Utilities folder
    3. Open a terminal window
    4. Copy and paste the following line in:
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      defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES
    5. Press return
    6. Now hold ‘alt’ on the keyboard and right click on the Finder icon
    7. Click on Relaunch

    You should find you will now be able to see any hidden files or folders. One you are done, perform the steps above however, replace the terminal command in step 4 with:

     

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    defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles NO
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