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  • danielsaidi 8:39 pm on June 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: finder,   

    Open file with keyboard in OS X 

    Although I love OS X in so many ways, the unintuitive and “secret club”-like keyboard shortcuts are not one of my most favorite parts.

    For instance, it took me a year or so to discover that I could press space to preview files in Finder, with the preview software being one of the best I’ve ever used. Why so obscure, Apple?

    When I want to open files, I have been pressing the return key SO many times, only to enter “rename” mode. Today, I finally found that you do not press return, but rather:

    cmd + down

    Once again:

    cmd + down

    This rocks! It’s like pressing enter in Windows…just a bit more secret. No more magic mouse double-click.

    • Roy Milder 4:07 pm on January 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Halleluja, thanks. It took my a long time as well 😉

    • Chris 3:40 am on June 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Or just CMD+o (like open)

    • Francesco 7:22 pm on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      “unintuitive, secret club-like keyboard shortcuts”

      🙂 hahaha

      Too true!

    • solomonabrahams100 11:29 am on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks so much!

    • Amaury Rodriguez Beltre 2:11 am on May 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      WTF?? why not just ENTER? This is ridiculous

      • danielsaidi 10:17 pm on May 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, it’s strange. It’s not like changing the name of a file is what you mostly want to do.

  • danielsaidi 5:07 am on September 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: finder, hidden files, , terminal   

    Show all files in Finder 

    As a computer professional (just kidding), I prefer to see all files in the file system and not just the ones that Finder or Explorer wants us to see.

    In Windows, you can easily just check a checkbox to show all hidden files in Explorer. In OS X, however, you have to type the following in a terminal window:

       defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
       killall Finder

    This will show all files in Finder, hidden or not. To disable this feature, simply enter the following in a terminal window:

       defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
       killall Finder
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