folders in finders User folder, help

Discussion in 'macOS' started by 2Turbo, May 15, 2011.

  1. 2Turbo macrumors 6502


    Feb 18, 2011
    Can I move and/or rename folders in the user folder? Such as I would like to move Movies & Pictures into a folder called "Media". And the Sites folder into "Projects". Will this mess anything up?

    I like how in W7 I could have a clean looking user folder that only showed the folders I wanted in there. It didn't show things like "Desktop" & "Library". These items clutter up the folder and I'd like to hide them or move them to another location. Is this possible?
  2. wrldwzrd89, May 16, 2011
    Last edited: May 16, 2011

    wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    The vast majority of folders in so-called "user space" can be safely moved or renamed without issue. The two folders that cannot are Desktop and Library... but that's fixable too, with a little Terminal wizardry. You cannot move them, but you CAN hide them, with the chflags command:
    chflags hidden ~/Library
    Beware, though - iTunes and iPhoto expect there to be certain folders in your user folder, for their default libraries. You can override this by holding Alt/Option at startup and selecting a library location, so it's not a huge problem.

    Also, hiding the Desktop folder isn't such a great idea. The Library folder's definitely safe to hide, though.

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