How to show hidden files in Mac OS X Lion

I’m continuing to get my new Macbook Air set up, and I’ve been getting adjusted to the new Finder. This helps if you’re a power user:

  1. Open the terminal (found in /Applications/Utilities/)
  2. Type the following (without quotation marks) to show hidden files: “defaults write AppleShowAllFiles -bool true”
  3. Hit enter
  4. Type the following (without quotation marks) to restart the Finder: “killall Finder”
  5. Hit enter

You can turn hidden files back off by doing the same thing, but switching the “true” to “false” in step 2


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