Show all files in Finder
19 Sep 2009
A habit I’ve grown into as someone who spends 80% of his time awake in front of a computer, is to prefer seeing all files in a folder when I use Explorer or Finder. However, Explorer or Finder have grown into an equal habit of not showing me all files in a folder. So, how to bend them to our will?
Well, in Windows, you can easily check a box to show all hidden files. In OS X, however, you have to type the following in a terminal window:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE killall Finder
This will restart Finder, which upon restarting will now show you all files, hidden or not. To revert and hide these files again, run this command:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE killall Finder
Hope it helps!