Can't view all my folders in finder

Discussion in 'macOS' started by cristo, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. cristo macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2008
    This probably has a rather simple solution, but I can't find it. Anyway, I can't see the folders of macintosh HD in finder. When I go into the terminal, and type cd /, a long list of files comes up, however, when I use the finder I only get about half of them. Does anyone know why this may be? I'm looking for folders like usr, bin.

  2. Xavier macrumors 68030

    Mar 23, 2006
    That is because most of those folders and files are hidden by default in Finder.

    The average user has no need to see those folders.

    If you type this command in terminal, they will show up:

    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
    killall Finder
  3. cristo thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2008
  4. xxmuhahahahahxx macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2008
    oh my god
    i did this to look for hidden app files that might be sitting around, and when i put in
    "defaults write AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
    killall Finder"

    instead of hiding the originally hidden folders, it hides almost ALL of my files

    i get access to the Sites folder on my user and the couple of quick-save files i store on my desktop

    how do i fix it?

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