Hide files

darksiders

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Oct 5, 2012
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hi .... can anybody tell me tht how can i hide my folder or file in mac???? thnks
 

justperry

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Aug 10, 2007
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Xray Application can do this, but be carefull with it, there is a lot you can do with it to mess up your system.

But, an easier way is to put a dot in front of the name.

Visible folder = Photo's
Invisible folder = .Photo's
 
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inscrewtable

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Oct 9, 2010
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A better solution would be to make an encrypted dmg with disk utility then you can put whatever you want inside it and give it an innocuous name and no one will be able to open it. I presume the point of hiding something is to keep it away from others.
 
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justperry

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Aug 10, 2007
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A better solution would be to make an encrypted dmg with disk utility then you can put whatever you want inside it and give it an innocuous name and no one will be able to open it. I presume the point of hiding something is to keep it away from others.
Agreed but depends also what you want to put inside.

Sparse disk Image is even better I think, isn't that one automatically growing the more you put inside?
 
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darksiders

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Oct 5, 2012
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no isnt there any thing like we do in windows???? like tht thing is in systm...u can hidde by right clicking on it...and unfide by going view...??? isnt there there such a thing in mac???
 
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GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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no isnt there any thing like we do in windows???? like tht thing is in systm...u can hidde by right clicking on it...and unfide by going view...??? isnt there there such a thing in mac???
You can show hidden files in Finder, then rename a file or folder with a period at the beginning of the name, then hide hidden files again.

To show hidden files in Finder, copy and paste the following command into a Terminal window, then press enter:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE && killall Finder​
To hide hidden files in Finder, copy and paste the following command into a Terminal window, then press enter:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE && killall Finder​
 
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justperry

macrumors G4
Aug 10, 2007
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You can show hidden files in Finder, then rename a file or folder with a period at the beginning of the name, then hide hidden files again.

To show hidden files in Finder, copy and paste the following command into a Terminal window, then press enter:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE && killall Finder​
To hide hidden files in Finder, copy and paste the following command into a Terminal window, then press enter:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE && killall Finder​
Correct.

But there is also a free and easy App for it, Show & Hide is the name, maybe a bit easier for the OP.
 
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