There have been similar posts on other sites about this, but it never occurred to me that I would have any use of these tips until I had read rialvalue’s “Some little gems on OSX you might want to know”. For example, it’s sometimes useful to view hidden files from the Finder/Explorer window rather than mucking with comnandline stuff. It’s easy to view and set up hidden files on windows systems from the folder options. To do the same thing in OS X, open a Terminal window (in applications/utilities) and type the following:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

You’ll need to restart the Finder to make this change go into effect, by either:

  • log out and back into your account
  • use the Force Quit dialogue (command+alt+esc and relaunch the Finder)
  • or type “killall Finder” in the Terminal window

The rialvalue article also mentions an applescript that allows you to open a terminal in the current Finder directory, but I find it easier to do the following:

  • open a Terminal window
  • type “cd” and then click-and-drag the Finder window onto the Terminal Window

Are there other hidden OS X tips that saves you a lot of time?

sources:

Some little gems on OSX you might want to know (via Flash Art of War)

Top 15 Terminal Commands for Hidden Mac OS X Settings