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10.6: Show (and hide) hidden files in Open/Save dialogs System 10.6
When you have the Open or Save dialog open in an application, you can type the following keyboard shortcut to toggle between showing and hiding the hidden files in a given directory:

Command-Shift-. (period)

If you have your Mac adjusted for a region where the comma is the decimal separator of fraction numbers, or if you are using a keyboard with a comma instead a point on the numerical keyboard, then the shortcut is

Command-Shift-, (comma)

This has to be the comma on the numerical keyboard.

[robg adds: This does not work in 10.5, and is one of the more-useful undisclosed features I've yet heard of in Snow Leopard.]
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10.6: Show (and hide) hidden files in Open/Save dialogs
Authored by: bengarland on Sep 16, '09 08:18:05AM

How the heck do people figure out this stuff?



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Also try: CMD-SHIFT-[period]
Authored by: lullabud on Sep 16, '09 08:26:37AM

I just tried this on my MBP with cmd-shift-. and it worked great!



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Ooops... too early to be posting...
Authored by: lullabud on Sep 16, '09 08:28:17AM

Duh... I just re-read the article and saw that the cmd-shift-. was listed *above* the cmd-shift-, thing.... I really shouldn't post in forums before I have my morning coffee



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10.6: Show (and hide) hidden files in Open/Save dialogs
Authored by: jantonc on Sep 16, '09 08:28:56AM
sadly, the shortcut does not work in Time Machine when you really want to restore something from '/usr' you still have to make the finder display hidden files

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool TRUE
killall Finder
run time machine

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool FALSE
killall Finder


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10.6: Show (and hide) hidden files in Open/Save dialogs
Authored by: beepotato on Sep 16, '09 01:30:31PM

To restore something from /usr, just go there with the "Go to folder…" menu item and then enter Time Machine.



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10.6: Show (and hide) hidden files in Open/Save dialogs
Authored by: mcginniwa on Oct 27, '09 10:32:40PM

Awesome. Your comment (in combination with Time Machine) saved my bacon. Thanks!



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10.6: Show (and hide) hidden files in Open/Save dialogs
Authored by: eskapism on Sep 16, '09 08:44:34AM

A great function, but isn't is strange that it does not work in ordinary finder-windows? In open/save dialogs you browse for files. And in a finder-window you browse for files. Shouln't the same functions be available everywhere? Very strange. Also: in open/save dialogs you can't change the size of the icons, like in normal finder-windows. Apple needs to be a bit more consistent.



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10.6: Show (and hide) hidden files in Open/Save dialogs
Authored by: V.K. on Sep 16, '09 09:34:52AM

Great hint and a good point about making it work in regular Finder windows. having to use AppleShowAllFiles and restarting Finder is a real kludge.



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File a bug report!
Authored by: gabester on Sep 16, '09 12:09:41PM

Well, you could file a bug report about how this functionality is not consistent across UI Interface between the Finder windows and open/save dialogs.

I did this about the Search functionality's ability to add columns to list view; it really only provides Date Created and Date Modified to the Search results. Size, Label, Comments are greyed out. Give me back Tiger's search columns!
g=



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10.6: Show (and hide) hidden files in Open/Save dialogs
Authored by: zpjet on Sep 16, '09 10:47:23AM

one of those "Best. Hint. Ever."



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10.6: Show (and hide) hidden files in Open/Save dialogs
Authored by: robogobo on Sep 16, '09 04:17:29PM

ditto.



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10.6: Show (and hide) hidden files in Open/Save dialogs
Authored by: jaydisc on Sep 16, '09 05:29:09PM

Outstanding!



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10.6: Show (and hide) hidden files in Open/Save dialogs
Authored by: acalado on Sep 16, '09 07:32:11PM
Here's step by step instructions for how you do the same thing in Finder:

Toggle display of hidden files in Finder with keyboard shortcut

Enjoy!

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10.6: Show (and hide) hidden files in Open/Save dialogs
Authored by: q3 on Sep 17, '09 12:17:03AM

Great hint.

Thanks



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10.6: Show (and hide) hidden files in Open/Save dialogs
Authored by: poenn on Sep 17, '09 03:56:10AM

Really great hint, thanks!



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10.6: Show (and hide) hidden files in Open/Save dialogs
Authored by: Dimka on Sep 21, '09 06:54:36PM

this is awesome!
thanks a lot



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10.6: Show (and hide) hidden files in Open/Save dialogs
Authored by: quinntaylor on Mar 26, '13 08:34:18PM

If you'd like to see ⇧⌘. work in Finder too, head over to http://bugreport.apple.com and file a duplicate of radar://7096650.



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