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    I sometimes I have to do some work with .htacces files but i don’t like the idea of showing hidden files.

    How do you guys handle these situations? do you toggle the show hidden files option? if so do you have a trick for doing so without the terminal?
    Or do you have some kind of pro trick that i don’t know of?


    What do you mean by hidden files? Are you talking about the list of files you might see inside a directory?


    most editors have an option to show hidden files when in the open dialog box. So, I leave them hidden but ‘see’ them when selecting a file to open. What are you using?


    Personally I use Total Finder which comes with a toggle built in for showing hidden files such as .htaccess.


    I just use a Workflow in [Alfred]( to toggle the visibility. Easy enough to create but here is a similar workflow to the one I created:


    As @wolfcry911 mentioned, most text editors will show hidden files like .htaccess or .gitignore.

    If, for whatever reason, I need to access a hidden file via Finder (OS X), I’ll just pop into Terminal and show them, do whatever to my file, then hide them again. It’s super easy in 10.7 and 10.8:

    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles YES

    Then to turn it off again:

    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles NO

    In some cases you might need to relaunch Finder, which is as easy as holding Alt and right clicking on the Finder icon in the dock and hitting ‘Relaunch’.


    If you’re a Mac user google TinkerTool. It’s a free application which can reveal hidden files with a couple of mouse clicks. And it’s not scary like the Terminal (though it might just be me that thinks that).


    I Am a Mac user. Using Macbook pro from last 9 Months. I am not technical as I dont know Many commands, Even though I always wanted to any software that is able to show hidden files mac os x. Toggle without terminal can be done with few applications that are available online.


    What do you mean by hidden files?

    …Said every non-Linux user ever. Juuuuuust kidding @chrisburton.

    From the terminal just type ls -la .


    If you want to see hidden files without using terminal (in the Finder)

    Open up the terminal and enter following:

    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

    then enter:

    killAll Finder

    To do the opposite enter FALSE in the first command.

    ETA: @TheDoc mentioned this already.

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