Delete default user folder

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by aka.seim, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. aka.seim macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2011
    Hi. I would like to know if it will be possible to delete the default user folders: Download, Documents, Pictures, Music, Movies and Web.

    Now on Lion I have Movies and Web empty and I would like to delete or rename them...

    Any option on Mountain Lion?

    Thanks :)
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I wouldn't recommend deleting those standard folders. If you choose not to use them, that's fine, but I'd leave them there.
  3. iVoid macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2007
    You can change where Safari and other programs save downloads, so you could remove that one.

    Documents really isn't 'required', but some programs may expect files there (MS Office for one) and may give you errors.

    Web isn't needed unless you're running web sharing.

    Movies and Music aren't really needed. iTunes can be told to save it's library elsewhere.

    So, yeah, you could probably delete them without too much problem, but you may occasionally get a error somewhere as a program expects them to be there.

    Personally, I'd just leave them there and not use them if you don't want to.
  4. aka.seim thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2011
    I'm sorry I didn't explain myself right. The problem in Lion is that the OS doesn't let me delete them because they are system folders. I would like to know if Mountain Lion will let me.

    I was able to delete those on Leopard and I never had any error. I know what I'm doing :cool: (probably :D )
  5. Nero Wolfe macrumors regular

    Nero Wolfe

    Oct 28, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    You can delete them via the terminal (sudo rm -rf foldername) but you may experience problems later on. Why not just hide them?
  6. aka.seim thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2011
    Thanks, it's a solution. I just prefer the system lets me do it :)

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