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How to Show or Hide Hidden Files in OS X Finder

How to Show or Hide Hidden Files in OS X Finder

Posted November 29, 2007 at 10:11pm by iClarified · 19145 views
This tutorial will help you show or hide hidden files in your Mac OS X Finder window.

SHOW HIDDEN FILES
Step One
Open a new Terminal window by double clicking its icon in Applications:Utilities.
How to Show or Hide Hidden Files in OS X Finder

Step Two
Enter the following commands in the terminal window. (Press enter after each line).

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
killall Finder

How to Show or Hide Hidden Files in OS X Finder

Step Three
Your Finder will restart and you will be able to see hidden files!
How to Show or Hide Hidden Files in OS X Finder


HIDE HIDDEN FILES
Step One
Open a new Terminal window by double clicking its icon in Applications:Utilities.
How to Show or Hide Hidden Files in OS X Finder

Step Two
Enter the following commands in the terminal window. (Press enter after each line).

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
killall Finder

How to Show or Hide Hidden Files in OS X Finder

Step Three
Your Finder will restart and you will NOT be able to see hidden files!
How to Show or Hide Hidden Files in OS X Finder
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