Mac OS X Lion: Show hidden files in finder

I love my Mac’s, really, I do! And I love  Mac OS X Lion, really! But I’m not the type of computer user that needs to be protected from himself. So no need to hide files in Finder from me. Really, not needed! Actually, that’s one of the first things I always do, set Finder to show all files. But, recently I upgraded to Mac OS X Lion 10.7, and… I just couldn’t find the option to show all files.

Mac osx 10.7 lion

Mac osx 10.7 lion

But, I got a workaround! So if you’re like me, and want to see ALL your files, then follow these steps:

1. Open Finder

2. Go to “Programs”

3. Go to the “Utilities” folder

4. Open the program “Terminal”

5. Copy, paste, and execute (by pressing enter after the command) the command

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles YES

6. Hold the “Alt” button on your keyboard and right-click on the Finder icon

7. Select “restart”

Et voila, your finder now will show ALL your previously nicely hidden files for you 😉

If you want to undo all this, and want your hidden files to be hidden for you again (it can get somewhat of a bunch in there sometimes), you just repeat these steps, but in the command you replace YES by FALSE

Happy file browsing!

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