how to hide files/folders?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by rachislenska, Feb 17, 2015.

  1. rachislenska macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2014
    Have switched from win7 to mac recently since I didn't like win8.

    I have a mac pro retina 13 inch. haven't upgraded to Yosemite so far.

    Can anyone pls say how I can hide a file/folder in mavericks, or if it is impossible to hide something?
  2. superscape macrumors 6502a


    Feb 12, 2008
    East Riding of Yorkshire, UK

    Welcome to the Mac!

    You might consider why you want to hide the files/folders in question. If you're keeping them hidden from another person who uses your Mac then it may be worth setting them up their own account on your Mac to keep them out of your stuff.

    That said, hiding folders *is* possible in Mac OS X although it's not a common thing for users to do. Here's a guide:

    You can also add a full stop (a period, for our US friends!) to the beginning of a file/folder name to hide it, although you'll have to do that from the command line too. So, for example to hide the folder "foo" on my desktop I'd do:

    mv ~/Desktop/foo ~/Desktop/[COLOR="Red"].[/COLOR]foo
    ...and to unhide it again:

    mv ~/Desktop/[COLOR="Red"].[/COLOR]foo ~/Desktop/foo
    Hope that helps a little!
  3. rachislenska thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2014
    Thanks I will try that.. it was pretty straight forward to hide a folder in windows...

    Anyways mac is very intuitive otherwise...

    Thanks for the help...

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