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invisible files

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 4:25 pm
by day
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.

Re: invisible files

Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2016 8:19 am
by Stephen Hart
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.

Re: invisible files

Posted: Sun Feb 07, 2016 4:14 pm
by ChrisO
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

Re: invisible files

Posted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 7:58 am
by Stephen Hart
You probably had it enabled via the check-box from previous searches.
Yep. I'd forgotten about that step.