In the finder I made hidden directories visible. The odd thing is that any system directory (IE one whose name starts with a ".") I can't open them by double-clicking on them. Instead I have to right click and and select to open in a new tab. Is there a way to change this behavior?

I'm using Mavericks, not sure if this issue is specific to Mavericks or not.

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You can enter those directories from keyboard with ⌘ CMD+↓ Down arrow.
Or ⇧ SHIFT+⌘ CMD+G and type the name of the directory You want to enter. You can complete directory name with ⇥ TAB button (for example type Down in $USER dir, press ⇥ TAB and it will become Downloads).

  • I like that cmd + down arrow, but I'd really like to just be able to double click it.
    – JPollock
    Jan 22, 2015 at 23:32

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