As many of you know i run a Computer Support business, Two days ago I had to mount a Windows XP drive to the system and get the “My Documents” Folder and the Outlook .pst files backed up for a client. When I mounted the drive to my mac I remembered that the Outlook.pst files are often in a hidden folder called local settings. It took a little digging but to get Finder to show the Hidden files I had to run a little Terminal command.
Here is the Step by step to get the Hidden files to view in the Finder.
Open the Terminal
Type in the following or just copy and paste it in (leave off the ” marks)”defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE” then hit return.
Then Relaunch the Finder by going to the Apple Logo menu and click Force Quit… then select Finder and Relaunch
When you are ready to Stop seeing the Hidden files Open Terminal back up, type in the following or just copy and paste it in (leave off the ” marks)”defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE” then hit return. Relaunch the Finder and they will be gone.
I also found out you can do this with a Preference Pane item called secrets you can find out a lot more about it at http://code.google.com/p/blacktree-secrets/.