how to view ( All Files ) in Mac ?

mb4ever used Ask the Experts™

When I open ( Finder ) to view ( All my files ) it doesn't view all files ! for example I can't see videos than inside Premiere folder. but when I write the name of that file in ( Finder ) it will view.

So how to see all my files ? because maybe there are many files inside folders and I don't know.

thanks a lot.
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor
Most Valuable Expert 2016
In a terminal window type this:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles YES

Then relaunch Finder.

To revert:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles NO

and relaunch Finder again.
The Apple Finder "All My Files" view is not very good .. and basically WILL NEVER show all your files.  IT also can have quite an impact on the performance of the mac and personally I never use it.

It was designed by Apple to quickly pull together documents, photos, videos etc from your User Home folder but it does not always include files located in other locations around the Hard Drive or files stored in non-apple software folders.

Basically I would NEVER trust the "All My Files" view to find all documents, images, videos on my Mac.  It is a useful feature but flawed and not 100% accurate.

Gerwin's advice above will show HIDDEN files but I don't think the problem you have is related to to this .. as I'm guessing you can browse and view the videos if you use the Finder normally.

There is no easy way to see ALL your files in one Finder view.  You can use the Spotlight search to find certain files types and save the Search as a finder view using the Save Search feature.
You can customise the All My Files view as follows  or create your own Smart Searches.

Spotlight search is pretty good but not perfect and the only 100% reliable search for a specific file is using the Terminal or a GUI interface such as EasyFind which is free (


Thanks all.
@mb4ever .. you awarded all the points to Gerwin .. was his answer the solution?  Can you now find all your videos on All My Files after his update?

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