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snowshed Calculating status...
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Jan 21, 2013 11:15 AM

Using terminal, I got hidden files to show in a Finder window.

 

Now, how do I get them to show in the Chooser window?  Hopefully, the right name for the window, not all that conversant with Apple terminology.

  • macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)
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    Jan 21, 2013 11:22 AM (in response to snowshed)

    You can use

     

    sudo chflags nohidden

     

    to make a file visible in Finder window.

    Or to universally unhide all hidden...


    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles ON

     

  • CT Level 6 Level 6 (14,955 points)
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    Jan 21, 2013 11:26 AM (in response to snowshed)

    I don't think you literally mean "Chooser".

     

    Apple Chooser - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

     

    Ah, the good old days.  When just picking a printer had existential overtones.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,745 points)
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    Jan 21, 2013 11:57 AM (in response to snowshed)

    This is one of those very strange almost unknown OS X 'features'

     

    While doing the chflags or defaults write commands will get the hidden files in a Finder window those don't affect the open or save dialogs that applications put up

     

    In order to see hidden files in open and save dialogs, once the dialog is open press command-shift-. (that is the period key). That will set the dialog to show the hidden files. It you want to turn it off press command-shift-. again, it acts as a toggle.

     

    regards

  • CT Level 6 Level 6 (14,955 points)
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    Jan 21, 2013 11:58 AM (in response to Frank Caggiano)

    That is very cool.

  • macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)
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    Jan 21, 2013 2:55 PM (in response to Frank Caggiano)

    Open & Save dialogs!

    echo CT

  • macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)
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    Jan 21, 2013 3:45 PM (in response to snowshed)

    Actually it was Frank who identified it and named it correctly...

     

     

    In order to see hidden files in open and save dialogs,

    EDIT: I never did Windows so I don't fear being windowy

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,145 points)
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    Jan 21, 2013 11:19 PM (in response to Frank Caggiano)

    While doing the chflags or defaults write commands will get the hidden files in a Finder window those don't affect the open or save dialogs that applications put up

     

    In order to see hidden files in open and save dialogs, once the dialog is open press command-shift-. (that is the period key). That will set the dialog to show the hidden files. It you want to turn it off press command-shift-. again, it acts as a toggle.

    thumbsup.gifVery nice find. That's one that eluded my ken.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • gumsie Level 4 Level 4 (2,075 points)
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    Jan 21, 2013 11:31 PM (in response to snowshed)

    snowshed wrote:

     

    Perfect!!!!  Exactly what I wanted to know.

     

    Why this isn't in documentation I don't know.   It's just too bad, like someone just can't be bothered to provide it to the ordinary user.  

    Not a bit of it. There are lots of hidden tricks that you'll not find in the help viewer on a Mac. They I think are omitted by design.

    It's almost like they want you to have fun finding them.

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,145 points)
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    Jan 21, 2013 11:48 PM (in response to gumsie)

    gumsie wrote:

    It's almost like they want you to have fun finding them.

    Hah! They don't want you, the uninitiated and unlearned user, to muck things up by customizing what they think is the perfect design (or Mommy Apple knows best). That's why they hid the user's Library folder. They spent too much support time fixing things when users bolloxed their machines by deleting something useful. Next will be the root-level /Library and /System folders, making their computers just like their other iOS device, locking everyone out. For newcomers. see these:

     

    Common OS X Keyboard Shortcuts

    System Preferences->Keyboard->Keyboard Shortcuts (allows adding and changing current default ones)

    Safari Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts (requires enabling the Debug menu)

    Secrets (download and install the prefPane)

     

    Those should get you and the OP started with doing useful things.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • gumsie Level 4 Level 4 (2,075 points)
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    Jan 22, 2013 12:44 AM (in response to baltwo)

    I'm good. I've had loads of that stuff for ages. It's great at the start exploring and what not but sometimes you think, 'Why didn't they just document it?'.

    I think you're right about the hidden stuff.

    They should push backups more than they currently do.

    I've accidentally removed all my user permissions before but my up to date bootable clone fixed that for me.

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