The Finder shows several particular directories in the home folder. It does not even show directory I made in the home folder.

But I do want to navigate any directory of the file system. How can I do that?

  • Does the folder name you created starts with a dot? – Loïc Wolff Jan 16 '12 at 12:26
  • @LoïcWolff No. The finder just show these music, photo etc – onemach Jan 16 '12 at 12:32

To access any folder in Finder, press Cmd + Shift + G and enter the directory you want to access.

  • seems works. But it's still different from I see in the shell. When i go to /, it just shows several directories and some are renamed to my language. – onemach Jan 16 '12 at 12:34
  • @LoïcWolff Don't you mean CMD+SHIFT+G? – gentmatt Jan 16 '12 at 12:53
  • Mac OS use a trick to translate some folder based on your language. Like the ones in your home folder. In /, they "flag" some folder to stay invisible. – Loïc Wolff Jan 16 '12 at 12:54

Showing all files in Finder

Type in the terminal

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

Then log out and back in.

  • 1
    or type in "killall Finder" so you don't have to log out. – Matt Love Jan 16 '12 at 13:59

In Finder there is a shortcut for toggling showing hidden files: Cmd-Shift-.

  • Just an FWI... This does not work in all versions of OS X/macOS. I just tested it under OS X 10.8.5 and OS X 10.11.6 and it does not work. It did work in macOS 10.12.5. – user3439894 Aug 12 '17 at 20:30

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