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How can you view hidden file in OS X Lion

iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2012), Mac OS X (10.7.5)

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The command is: defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE


Then, type: killall Finder

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Jan 16, 2013 1:59 PM in response to Omegaglobal In response to Omegaglobal

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To see hidden files on your computer, open Terminal and copy: defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE && killall Finder


To hide the files again, copy the same command but replace TRUE with FALSE, in order to turn off the feature

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