Show Hidden Files in Mac OS X Dialog Boxes with Command+Shift+Period

Mar 1, 2011 - 7 Comments


You can instantly show hidden files and directories in the Mac OS X “Open” and “Save” dialog boxes by hitting Command+Shift+Period.

This is really useful if you’re creating or editing configuration files like .htaccess or .bash_profile in a GUI app and want to see what files exist in the directory you are saving to.

Remember, any files that start with a period are hidden by default in the Finder and the Mac dialog boxes. If you want to, you can set Mac OS X to always show hidden files by using a defaults write command. In this case, the Command+Shift+Period keystroke has the opposite effect and hides the files rather than showing them.

Update: This works in Mac OS X 10.6 and later only, and it looks like we covered this in regards to the Save dialog last year.

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Posted by: William Pearson in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks


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  2. same-thing says:

    Snow Leopard only!

  3. mef says:

    Cool, thanks!

  4. hoovinator says:

    Nice one!

  5. […] Have you ever wanted to access a hidden file from an Open window or Save dialog? You can easily toggle hidden files by hitting Command+Shift+Period in any dialog window. […]

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