I would like to have a file list refresh in a Folder (like after switching between YES/NO in hidden files option). The only way I found is killall Finder which is fine, but it causes the screen to blinks for a sec (as the Finder is restarting).

Is there a way to refresh the Finder file list without actually killing it?

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    What OS? It was possible at Mavericks, but not since El Cap, afaik. HS might respond to cmd/shift/. [period] as that will toggle invisibles without needing a script, but it's an issue i haven't suffered in a long time, so can't test its effectiveness.
    – Tetsujin
    Aug 18 '18 at 16:00
  • @Tetsujin I'm on HS, but would like it to work on Mojave as well and probably on Sierra too (need this for internal thing in a company and we do not have the latest macOS on every mac).
    – Ancinek
    Aug 18 '18 at 16:07
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    Probably needs a bit of updating to cover that it's script-free in HS [edit... ahh, already covered by 2nd answer] , but see apple.stackexchange.com/questions/168540/…
    – Tetsujin
    Aug 18 '18 at 16:12
  • I discovered this whilst looking for something else entirely - apple.stackexchange.com/a/49546/85275
    – Tetsujin
    Aug 19 '18 at 6:58

This particular use hadn't occurred to me. I have finder set to always show all my files. However sometimes when a new file is created it doesn't show up. Switching to another directory and switching back seems to work. E.g. Switch to the parent, or a sibling directory, then back to your starting one. Two clicks. Much faster than relaunching Finder.

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