Hide MP3 file extensions

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by Vaakuna, Nov 22, 2016.

  1. Vaakuna macrumors newbie

    Vaakuna

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    #1
    Anyone have commands I can drop into terminal to universally hide .mp3 extensions? Nothing native to the last few OS-interfaces suffices. Just looking for a cleaner aesthetic.
     
  2. KALLT macrumors 601

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    Terminal would be problematic, I think. Hiding/showing the extension is recorded in the Spotlight index for each file and I do not think that there is a way to manipulate that safely.

    What you could do is using a Spotlight search in Finder and restrict results to MP3 files by typing ‘kind:mp3’ (without quotes). Then you select all files when the search is done (command–A), then open an inspector window with command–option–I, then check the box for hiding the extension. This will apply it to all files.
     
  3. Vaakuna thread starter macrumors newbie

    Vaakuna

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    Cheers, K. Love the workaround in place of terminal. Can you also help me with the syntax to restrict Spotlight to look in only a specific folder at a time? I tried Spotlight with the catch-all by kind (MP3) and with 100+ GBs of data populating, the MBP seemed overwhelmed, so I'd like to parse the search results and manage the task in pieces.
     
  4. KALLT macrumors 601

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    Spotlight always looks in the folder you are currently viewing when you select the filter. You have to navigate to the folder you want before you start searching. It is not possible to narrow down to a specific location while searching.
    Screen Shot 2016-11-22 at 20.11.43.png

    You might be able to filter by something else by clicking on the + button below the search box.
     
  5. Vaakuna thread starter macrumors newbie

    Vaakuna

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    Got it. I'll give this a go. And thanks for the upload.
     

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