How to hide folders

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by brendandebeasi, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. brendandebeasi macrumors newbie

    Feb 22, 2009
    I'm pretty anal about the cleanliness of my documents folder, so I cannot stand having a folder called Adobe or Microsoft User Data in my docs folder.
    I want to be able to hide those folders without adding a . before them (because then the apps won't be able to find the folders). Is there any way to do this? I know you can also change the permissions, but again, then the apps cant use the folders.
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    You can't hide folders by changing permissions. You can by renaming them to .whatever, but the application won't recognize it and will simply create a new one. My advice? Grin and bear it.
  3. msevild macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2007
    Open up the terminal application and use the following command:
    sudo chflags hidden ~/Documents/(whatever folder you want to hide)
    This will hide the folder from your view without adding a . at the beginning of the directory(folder). I've never tried it, but I assume your programs should still be able to find these folders. Don't know for sure though.
  4. portent macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2004
    You could just create your own folder (dare I say, "My Documents") and use that to organize your own files. Let Adobe and MS take over your Documents folder.
  5. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

    May 29, 2007
    Thanks, I just used that tip to hide: /opts

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