Sometimes you need to edit a file on your system or look at a file that was created by one of your programs. Many of these files are hidden by default, so you need to make them visible before you can do your business. One example I come across frequently is hosts files, either for SSH or for domains whitelisted and blacklisted on your computer, although there are many others.

A well-known method for ..:

Standard write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE; Killall Finder

We’ve covered this before and it works fine, but it affects the entire filesystem and you need the opposite command to undo it, which takes some time:

Standard write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE; Killall Finder

With that in mind, let’s take a look at a faster way that only affects the currently focused Finder window.

How to switch between hidden files in the current Finder window

It’s so easy it barely deserves any steps, but what the hell?

one) Select the Finder window which shows the contents of the folder you are interested in.

two) Simultaneously press the following buttons: cmd + rotate + point (point) . This is: ⌘ + ⇧ +.

3) See your newly revealed files in all their glory.

Once you’ve made your changes, just hit the buttons again to hide the files again.

It literally couldn’t be easier. This is one of those helpful tricks that will speed up your workflow once you memorize it.

Do you have another helpful tip? Would you like to see another guide from us? Let me know at: [email protected]

A faster way to change hidden files on macOS, no terminal required


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