OS X: How to see hidden files in Open and Save dialogs?

Most of the time, hiding the system or configuration files is ok, it reduces the clutter and also the risk of inadvertently removing/changing them.

However, there are moments when we need to change, for example, the PATH, or some shell aliases, or some startup configurations. In other words, we need to edit such hidden files.

Mac OS X provides a simple (but totally secretive) way to handle this: simply press Shift-Command-Period to toggle the display of hidden files in Open or Save dialogs. This only works when the triangular button to expand the dialogs was clicked.


About Liviu Ionescu (ilg)
Hi! My name is Liviu Ionescu (ilg, ilegeul or eunete for colleagues and friends) and I’m a senior IT engineer. Or should I say a real programmer?

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