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, 2010 at 14:01

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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.


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. Dec 27, 2013 at 19:34

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.
    – apaderno
    Jun 24, 2010 at 14:19

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