How do I hide ALL extensions?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by California King, Sep 30, 2007.

  1. California King macrumors 65816

    Sep 20, 2007
    I know I can go into each individual file and bring up the "get info" window, then click "hide extension" but I want to hide all extensions for all my files (including anything I download in the future). Is there a setting I can go into so that it will do this for me?

    Thanks! :D
  2. emptyCup macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2005
    Finder > Preferences > Show all file extensions (uncheck)
  3. California King thread starter macrumors 65816

    Sep 20, 2007
    Thanks, but when I went to the finer preferences, it was already unchecked. Only some of the extensions are hidden; some are not. Why is that?

    Some jpg are hidden and some are not, for example.
  4. samcampbell macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2009
    Freeware Automator workflow: "Hide Extensions"

    I have just found this freeware :apple: Automator workflow, Hide Extensions.

    It allows you to install a function into Finder that lets you control-click and run "Hide Extension" on all selected files (including an option to include files within folders).

    I think this might do the trick - it is certainly what I was looking for! :)

  5. staccato83 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2008
    Las Vegas

    Man, you are awesome!

    I hated seeing .ppt or .docx 3 million times throughout my documents folder.

  6. zv6000 macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2008
    Updated link

    The aforementioned link by Sam didn't work. Here's the revised / updated version:


  7. CharlieReynolds macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2011
    I have downloaded this but was wondering how you still are able to download it into finder?
  8. zv6000 macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2008
    Hi CharlieReynolds.

    Apple keeps updating the page and the previous link I'd updated now doesn't work.

    Anyway, can you please explain what you mean when you say you are "able to download it into finder"?

    Were you able to get the extension to work in conjunction with the Automator? Or can you not download the file in the first place?

    Have to run on a quick errand but will get back to you shortly if you need additional help.

  9. pureelite1 macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2009
  10. celo48 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 9, 2010
    Yes, can someone pls directly give a link or at least tell the name of it? Thx.
  11. Inframan macrumors 6502


    Jan 18, 2013
    Los Angeles, California
    Has anyone figured this out yet? I moved all of my movies onto a External Drive and I don't want the extensions to show, it would take me weeks to go into each individual movie and click "Hide Extension". I need a way to do it for all the files.....Anyone?

    Just quick reminder, the - Finder - Preference - Hide all Extension does nothing so that's definitely out of the list of ways to make this happen.
  12. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Can't tell you where to find that script, but here is another way to accomplish what you want.

    - Select all the files that you want to hide the extension.
    - do the key combo: cmd-option-i
    - select the hide extension check box.
  13. Inframan macrumors 6502


    Jan 18, 2013
    Los Angeles, California
    You Sir are THE MAN !!!! It Worked !!! Thank You :D
  14. DiegoRocha macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2013
    Hide extension

    I have tried the app link, but it doesn`t work.
    Can anybody help me?
  15. shannonehart macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2018

    AWESOME!!! Thank you so much, this was exactly what I was looking for :)

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