CMD + Shift + Period to show/hide hidden folders?

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by ideal.dreams, Jun 29, 2014.

  1. ideal.dreams macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2010
    Apparently in prior versions if OS X, it was possible to show and hide hidden folders in Finder simply by using the Command + Shift + Period keyboard shortcut. This is not the case in Mavericks, where the only way to do so is to use the defaults write terminal command and then kill Finder afterwards, which is a lot less convenient than a keyboard shortcut.

    Does anyone know if it's possible to restore the shortcut on Mavericks?
  2. w0lf macrumors 65816


    Feb 16, 2013
    I'm almost 100% that command has never existed in Finder, rather it works in Finder open dialog windows where it still works in Mavericks and even Yosemite.

    You have always (at least 10.6+) had to use the terminal command to actually show files in the standard Finder window though.

    You can of course work around this with either XtraFinder, TotalFinder or an automator service.

    You don't actually have to kill Finder you just have to refresh the Finder view (at least that's the way it works in mavericks) so the pseudo code for an automator service would be like:

    1: defaults write command
    2: finder go back
    3: finder go forward
  3. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

    Aug 24, 2013
    Far from here

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