Hidden Files Showing in Finder

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by nvibest, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. nvibest macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2012
    So I randomly searched for something in Spotlight and the search reveled what I was looking for, as well as something that was not supposed to be there...

    What appeared was a file that i had hidden using the Terminal 'mkdir .filename' command. I made this hidden folder a couple years ago regularly put files into it that I want hidden. I would test this by using Spotlight to search for the files that were in the hidden folder I made. I would know that the test was successful if Spotlight could NOT find any of the files inside the hidden folder.

    But for some reason now when I search for those hidden files they come up right away in Spotlight...

    Any thoughts as to how I can make these files not show up in finder? I thought that hiding files through terminal was good enough, but I guess my settings must have changed

  2. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    Use the freeware/donationware TinkerTool and use that to hide those files.

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