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Quickly Show/Hide Hidden Files on Mac OS X Mavericks & Yosemite
Posted by UCS IT Support 4 on 17 November 2015 12:11 PM

Quickly Show/Hide Hidden Files on Mac OS X Mavericks & Yosemite | Ian Lunn - Web Designer & Front-end Developer

Quickly Show/Hide Hidden Files on Mac OS X Mavericks & Yosemite

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Show/Hide Hidden Files the Long Way

The long way to show hidden Mac OS X files is as follows:

  1. Open Terminal found in Finder > Applications > Utilities
  2. In Terminal, paste the following: defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES
  3. Press return
  4. Hold the ‘Option/alt’ key, then right click on the Finder icon in the dock and click Relaunch.
Relaunch Finder by right clicking the Finder Icon whilst holding the `option/alt` key

Relaunch Finder by right clicking the Finder Icon whilst holding the ‘Option/alt’ key

This will show all hidden files.

To hide them again, follow the same steps but replace the Terminal command with:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles NO

 

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