Hidden Files

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by FongMan, Mar 4, 2006.

  1. FongMan macrumors regular

    FongMan

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    How do you make a file hidden? I was told to put a "." or "," at the beginning of the name (eg: ".FongMan.jpg") but when i do that it tells me that i can't start with a "." because it's reserved for the system. So can anybody tell me how to make a file hidden and how to view/unhide them please?
     
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  3. andysmith macrumors 6502

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    First off, open up the Terminal.
    Then type 'cd ' (note the space), and drag on the folder containg the file/folder you want to make hidden. Now press return.
    If your file is called 'mypicture.jpg', type this:
    Code:
    mv mypicture.jpg .mypicture.jpg
    To open it again, you can either rename it back:
    Code:
    mv .mypicture.jpg mypicture.jpg
    Or just open up the hidden one:
    Code:
    open .mypicture.jpg
    Hope this helps :)

    Edit: simplified it a bit..
     
  4. FongMan thread starter macrumors regular

    FongMan

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    Sadly i know absolutely nothing about using Terminal :(
     
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  7. FongMan thread starter macrumors regular

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    That program looks alot easier, Thanks very Much :D
     
  8. Unorthodox macrumors 65816

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    Wait for it.....
    Yep, here it comes.... The warm fuzzy feeling you get after helping someone. :D :p :)
     
  9. FongMan thread starter macrumors regular

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    Haha, yeh i know the feeling. Kinda wish i could use the password feature but oh well, not gonna pay for it since nobody in this family knows a thing about mac :p
     
  10. Unorthodox macrumors 65816

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    What are you hiding?!?!
    I you want to be secretive, why don't you just make your very own password protected account?
    If it's a picture or text file you can convert it to a password protected PDF.
     

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