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I have a problem with some non-native mac software (Perforce Diff and Kdiff3).

When I use the Open File Dialog, I can see the hidden files, but I can not select them or interact with them at all.

In contrast, when using the native Mac TextEdit, when I use the Open File Dialog, I can see and open the hidden files.


This is a screenshot of the Kdiff3 Open File Dialog. I can see the hidden files, but I can not select them.

I can see hidden files but I can not select them


OS X version 10.10.3 Yosemite.

I did this to make Finder show hidden files

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES

I did this to make the file open dialog show hidden files

defaults write -g AppleShowAllFiles -bool true
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You can often alt/option click on files to force open them.

  • Interesting suggestion. In this case option-click still does not allow me to select the files in the File Open Dialog. Right-click allows me to do a Quick Look, but will not allow me to select the files for opening. – Christian Long Jul 9 '15 at 16:53
  • It works in some software. – unknowndomain Jul 10 '15 at 1:11

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