One feature that many Mac users may miss from their Windows days is the easy way of seeing hidden files. Well fear not fellow users, we’ve got three different ways you can see those hidden files on Mac.
This was done on Mac OS X Lion. Check out the video at the bottom of the post.
First way using Terminal:
- Open the Terminal application (Applications > Utilities > Terminal.app)
- Type in the following without the quotes “defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE”
- Hit the ‘Enter’ key
- Restart the Finder by holding ‘Option’, click and hold on the icon. Click ‘Relaunch’
- To re-hide the files type “defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE”
- Then restart the Finder again.
Second Way using Tinkertool:
- Download and install Tinkertool (here)
- Launch the app and in the ‘Finder’ tab, find the box that says “Show hidden and system files”
- Check that box and click “Relaunch Finder” at the bottom right
Third way using DesktopUtility:
- Download and install DesktopUtility (here)
- Launch the app and locate the icon in the menu bar
- Click the option “Show Invisible files”
Our favorite way is definitely one of the last two ways but it does require a third party application.
More tips here.
Purchase Mac OS X Lion from the Mac App Store here.