how to display hidden files

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  1. vitus macrumors newbie

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    #1
    hi,

    i cannot find the option to display all the hidden files on the HD

    where is it ?

    tia.
     
  2. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    I don't think it's possible in Finder. You must use the Terminal or a third party application.
     
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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  4. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Write the following in Terminal:

    defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES

    Then log out and back in (or just type "killall Finder" (without the quotes) in Terminal, that should restart Finder for you;)). If you want to hide those files again, replace YES with NO and repeat...

    That's right. Tinkertool indeed has this option. :)
     
  5. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    Nice tip. I didn't know that.
     
  6. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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    When I need to see files that are hidden, I use OnyX.
     
  7. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    I usually use the "Open hidden..." feature in TextWrangler, myself, since most of the time I'm after a hidden file it's a text file that needs a bit of editing... ;)
     
  8. Applespider macrumors G4

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    There's a widget somewhere (on the PC at work at the moment) which you can click to make files visible and then invisible again.
     
  9. vitus thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for the help,

    just two more questions -

    which "file-viewer" do you use other than finder ? ... are there better tools out there ?

    and another big problem:

    i need to update the firmware on my mp3 hd player , but since it is a hidden folder, i CANNOT replace it !!!!!!!!! which sux extremely.

    it says - i cannot replace the folder (with the updated) because its a hidden folder - WTF !!!!

    tia.
     

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