Related: Hotkey to show hidden files and folders in File Open dialog?

Looks like there was a keyboard shortcut for it. But in 10.11.6 all I get when I press Cmd Shift . is the bonk sound.

Is that keyboard shortcut gone? What's an easy way to get it back?

Note that the shortcut works in file dialogs but not the standard Finder window.

Not a duplicate: the top ranked question on Hotkey to show hidden files and folders in File Open dialog? does not work in El Cap.

  • I just realised I've already posted the solution to this... at least twice ;)
    – Tetsujin
    Dec 19, 2017 at 19:17
  • Yeah but those questions weren't specific to El Cap, so having it in a separate question will help. Thanks for posting again.
    – jcollum
    Dec 20, 2017 at 15:46
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    @jcollum I see you've edited this question with a comment re the duplicate. Are you saying that none of the answers in either the duplicate or related questions work in El Capitan?
    – Monomeeth
    Apr 5, 2018 at 23:08
  • That's right. The keyboard shortcut used to be there. Now it's gone. Marking it as a duplicate might make someone think that those questions answer this specific question, which they do not.
    – jcollum
    Apr 6, 2018 at 15:51

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There's no shortcut.
You could make one, but it would require a Automator action, containing a script, and set up as a Service, & will re-launch the Finder each time it's used. [Mavericks could do it without relaunch but no other OS]

For the number of times I actually use it, I just keep the script accessible instead.

--Toggle Invisibles
set newHiddenVisiblesState to "YES"
    set oldHiddenVisiblesState to do shell script "defaults read com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles"
    if oldHiddenVisiblesState is in {"1", "YES"} then
        set newHiddenVisiblesState to "NO"
    end if
end try
do shell script "defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles " & newHiddenVisiblesState & "; killall Finder"

Copy paste to Script Editor & save as an App.
It will toggle visible state each time it's launched.

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