I'd like to see the dot hidden files in the Finder but not on the Desktop, is that possible? (.localized and .DS_Store on my desktop really annoy me.) I'm using Snow Leopard (Mac OS X v10.6).

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    This question is more appropriate for SuperUser. – KeithB May 12 '10 at 14:01

Maybe not exactly what you're looking for, but useful to know: in Save/Open dialog boxes in applications, you can press Command-Shift-. to show/hide hidden files.


As far as I know, no: the desktop is Finder.

But there is a reasonable workaround: you make a tiny AppleScript app that toggles AppleShowAllFiles for you and drag it to your Finder toolbar, making a button to run it. See this article at Macworld.


I use sterMachine and find it very useful. show hidden files is just one of the things that it does, and it doesn't show them on the desktop.


If you like a clean desktop, you there is an option in Hyperspaces that hides all files on the desktop, yet you can still see them in Open File dialogs and regular Finder windows.

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    It does hide all the files on the desktop, not only the hidden files. – kiamlaluno Jun 24 '10 at 14:19

You could just move them into a corner, under the dock, so that they exist on the desktop but you only see a few pixels of one of their corners.

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    except if you use the grid system. If the person asking this is OCD like I am, that's not an option. – mr.musicman Dec 27 '13 at 19:34

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