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See invisible files in Finder via Spotlight System
There is an easy way to see invisible items inside a specific folder -- without changing Finder's hidden 'show hidden' preference or using other file managers like PathFinder or muCommander). Just use Spotlight in Finder:
  1. Navigate to the folder in which you want to see invisible items; let us call it Myfolder.
  2. Press Command-F, then choose search Myfolder (rather than This Mac).
  3. In the search attributes bar, which is by default set to Kind -- is -- Any, click on Kind and choose Other.
  4. From the Select the Search Attribute dro-down sheet, simply choose File Visibility, then click OK. (To make it easier to use in the future, check the In Menu box, and you won't have to use Other again.)
  5. Now choose File Visibility in the Search attribute bar, and then Invisible Items.
Now you can see all invisible items (or both visible and invisible if you prefer) in the folder in question. Save this search if it's something you do often.
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See invisible files in Finder via Spotlight
Authored by: tedw on Sep 01, '09 11:30:18AM
Just in case it helps, you can also do some filtering on the list. For instance, if you search for invisible files in your home folder, as above, and then set the search criteria to File Name and type -DS_Store -Icon in the search box, that will exclude all the invisible DS_Store and icon files from the search (the minus sign translates to a logical 'not').

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See invisible files in Finder via Spotlight
Authored by: Lo_PhatZ on Sep 02, '09 08:32:47PM

Ok I tried the first three steps on 10.6

At step four "Select the Search Attribute dro-down sheet" Im stumped.
Where is this drop down sheet???



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See invisible files in Finder via Spotlight
Authored by: patdurr on Sep 03, '09 10:09:16PM

I made a quick video to demonstrate here: http://post.ly/3w8J



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