Hot to view all folders/files with File Open dialog in any applicatio?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by wyattbiker, Mar 13, 2009.

  1. wyattbiker macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2009
    I have setup up Finder to view all folders/files. I know how to become root from Terminal using (su) and navigate to all folders and do things.

    The problem I can't figure out is when I use Mac apps (such as TextEdit) to open a file in one of the hidden folders (such as /private/etc/apache,) I dont see them in the dialog even though I am logged in as root and have enabled the Finder to show all files.

    Is there a way to view all the folders from these dialog boxes? I dont want to use vim or pico for editing.

  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    It generally depends on the app whether it will show hidden files. Setting Finder to see them is just Finder as Finder is its own application. I suggest using a different text editor. Try TextWrangler (free) as it has a Open Hidden option under the File menu.
  3. wyattbiker thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2009
    Thats what I was looking for. Thanks.

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