The Midnight Commander is a very helpful tool when we're using only the text mode. But sometimes it bothers me that I have to see all the hidden files inside a folder (files that begin with ".").

I've tried to find how to do it changing some configurations by myself and then looking on the man page. But I didn't succeed.

Does anyone know how can I do it?

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or you can toggle it with Alt-. (Alt-period)


Choose Options from the menu bar, then Panel options. You have it right there, 5th option on the left column: "Show hidden files".

Panel options screenshot highlighting the option to Show hidden files


You might also try to toggle hidden files with Esc+. (escape + period), if Alt+. does NOT work.

This keyboard shortcut works on my Debian+xfce installation.

Note, that originally it is M-., where M stands for Meta key. You can find more (fascinating!) information about it in the @Gilles answer here: What does m-tab mean?

If you still prefer to use Alt+. instead of Esc+. you have to enable something like Meta Sends Escape in Your terminal.

In xterm, for example, You can do it by holding the Ctrl while clicking and holding the left mouse button. That pops up a menu where You can select Meta Sends Escape.

  • On MacOs Monterey it is escaped followed by period. By that I mean press and release escape and then press period. If you hold escape and press period then it will have some strange effects if you do this two time in a row. Commented Mar 11, 2022 at 11:27
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    This should be the real answer! It is much quicker than fiddling with the menu options!
    – Shi B.
    Commented Jan 23, 2023 at 18:12

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