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invisible files

Post by day » Wed Feb 03, 2016 4:25 pm

I had a folder full of pictures in .jpg format. I dragged these images onto a program called namechanger. I tried to rename the files. The folder now appears empty but it is large. When I copy it I can tell it has "stuff" in it. Would anyone know how I might please correct this problem? I ran disk first aid to see if that found a name directory issue but it found nothing. Not sure what to do. Thank you.

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Re: invisible files

Post by Stephen Hart » Thu Feb 04, 2016 8:19 am

It is possible you accidentally named the files with an initial period, which renders files invisible.

In the Finder, hit Command F -- This will bring up the Finder window search function.
Click the left dropdown, which will read "Kind" by default and choose File visibility.
Click the right dropdown and choose Visible or Invisible.

Now you can navigate within that window to the folder of photos and see what's there.

It's probably true that any batch renaming utility could do the same, but I think there should be a warning about special characters in file names.
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Re: invisible files

Post by ChrisO » Sun Feb 07, 2016 4:14 pm

Click the left dropdown, which will read "Kind" by default and choose File visibility.
Click the right dropdown and choose Visible or Invisible.
Stephen,

On my Mac, OS X 10.11.3, "File Visibility" was not enabled. I had to go to "Other" and scroll down through dozens of choice to "File Invisible" which then added it to the first dropdown box you describe. You can either add it permanently, by clicking its check-box, or temporarily, for that particular search.

You probably had it enabled via the check-box from previous searches.

Chris

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Re: invisible files

Post by Stephen Hart » Mon Feb 08, 2016 7:58 am

You probably had it enabled via the check-box from previous searches.
Yep. I'd forgotten about that step.
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