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How can I see hidden files and folders in the Finder ?

For obvious reason, not every files and folders are shown in the Finder.

A good example is your home folder which looks nice and tidy but in fact is full of hidden files.

To show hidden files in the finder, from terminal type:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles -bool true

To set it back to the normal finder behavior:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles -bool false

You will need to relaunch the finder (from the force quit window) for the changes to take effect.