New to Macs... how to view hidden folders/files?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by BenLeong, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. BenLeong, Aug 1, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 2, 2011

    BenLeong macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2010
    So, I have a few external hard drives that have some hidden folders and files on them. When trying to move them all to my new Mac, I realized that I can't actually SEE any of them. I looked all over for a menu option to "view hidden files/folders" like Windows has, but nothing. I did a search, and all I could find was manual Terminal commands to do it and third-party apps that allow for it.

    Seriously? Am I missing something? It seems like such a simple feature...?
  2. seong macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2010
    It may seem like a simple feature, but it's actually dummy proof. Some users just don't know the risk they are taking by throwing a way some folders that they think it's useless. And why are you comparing it to Windows? In fact, it's the odd one out. Linux doesn't have the option too. Plus, I have no idea why you would need access to hidden folders. The only one that I can think of is the Library folder, which I think it's stupid of Apple to make it a hidden folder.

    Just use the terminal command, and you'll be good to go.

    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles YES
    killall Finder
  3. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
  4. Knoodles macrumors 6502


    Feb 2, 2003
    Gone to the Beach
  5. rotarypower101 macrumors regular


    Sep 28, 2007
    Portland Oregon

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