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I can see hidden files in Finder but when I search it doesn't find hidden files.

I have tried everything.

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
killall Finder

I also change "File visibility" to "Invisible Items" when searching.

Please help somebody as it drives me mad how Apple makes it difficult to change.

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There is a way to search also within hidden files:

  1. Open Finder
  2. Fill search box with searched text
  3. Click "+" button.
  4. Choose "File visibility" and your option.

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Unfortunately it does not work. I have tried that before. – PJ_ Feb 18 '13 at 15:09

Do as maseth says, but instead of "File visibility" you want "System files". Or rather, do both to be able to search everything.

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This does not work either in my tests – markhunte Mar 22 '14 at 17:18

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