Showing/Hiding items in the Lion Finder

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by elldove, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. elldove macrumors newbie

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    Aug 11, 2009
    #1
    Lion has changed the way the Finder handles file/folder visibility.

    The most noticeable difference is that, by default, ~/Library/, is hidden. This is probably a good decision for most users, as it can be confusing and I have seen users stash their documents in there. I think they could have gone further, /Library/ and /System/ ought to be hidden too.

    But this can be pretty annoying if you're a power user who wants access to ~/Library/ (if you're reading this, then this probably means you). Luckily, you can change a folder/file's visibility with a simple Applescript:

    Code:
    tell application "System Events" 
    set visible of folder "~/Library/" to true
    end tell
    If you want to re-hide the folder, just change true to false and re-run.

    I should also note that Lion changes another way in which the Finder handles visibility: you can no longer add a period to start of a file name to hide it. In fact, Finder won't LET you start a filename with a period.

    You have to use the applescript above to toggle visibility on any file/folder.
     
  2. mrapplegate macrumors 68030

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    Cincinnati, OH
    #2
    Actually power users probably use chflags no hidden for files.
     
  3. baryon macrumors 68040

    baryon

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    Oct 3, 2009
    #3
    Great! I always thought the period way of hiding things is extremely stupid. If you want to hide a folder, you have to rename it, so any application that relies on that folder can no longer find it, which makes hiding them pointless.
     
  4. Kahnyl macrumors 68000

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    Feb 2, 2009
    #4
    If you bring up the Go menu and hold alt you can select the library folder. I've found it easy so far.
     

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