I am using my Mac as a Standard user. Running latest OSX 10.10.3

I have used the following command from terminal:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowALLFiles YES

But I still can't see my hidden files.

I've checked my ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist file and the correct entry is already there:


If I login as Administrator, this command works fine. If I login as a different Standard user, this command works fine. It is something about this specific Standard user account that is preventing the command from working, but there is no way I am creating a new account just to fix this small issue. Anyone have any idea why this isn't working as it should?

  • while in the problematic user account try to repair disk permissions or even that users ACL's.
    – Ruskes
    Jun 26, 2015 at 15:17
  • Ah, ok I googled osx repair user permissions and osx repair user ACL and found this link: osxdaily.com/2011/11/15/… Apparently, a Disk Utility Repair Disk Permissions does not repair user directory permissions, or the ACL. You have to follow a separate (and nonsensical) path to get to the utility that allows user permission repair. I will try this and report back.
    – Daniel
    Jun 26, 2015 at 15:24
  • correct findings, and sorry for not been clearer, I newer know what the OP skills are.
    – Ruskes
    Jun 26, 2015 at 15:28

1 Answer 1


Use cmd+r then open Terminal and type: resetpassword

On the next window, click on the name of your volume (usually “Macintosh HD”), then select the troubled user account name from the drop-down.

Skip the actual password fields (you are not changing the password).

Click the button on the bottom section labeled “Reset Home Folder Permissions and ACLs.”


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    It looks like this only works from Terminal if you boot into Recovery mode. It does not work from the Terminal in OSX
    – Daniel
    Jun 26, 2015 at 16:36
  • I have not been able to reboot my computer yet.
    – Daniel
    Jun 27, 2015 at 2:18
  • A new problem ? Could you describe it?
    – Ruskes
    Jun 27, 2015 at 2:23
  • No, I mean I have been too busy to shut down all my work and reboot my computer. I will reply here as soon as I try the user permissions/ACL repair.
    – Daniel
    Jun 27, 2015 at 2:32
  • OK, I tried Reset Home Folder Permissions and ACLs. For other people trying this, note that, you must boot into recovery mode first. Also, if you are using File Vault (or if your disk is otherwise encrypted), after booting to recovery mode, you must first open Disk Utility and unlock the disk. Only then can you quit Disk Utility and open Terminal (Utilities -> Terminal) and continue with the instructions.
    – Daniel
    Jun 27, 2015 at 19:17

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