How to hide folders

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

  1. brendandebeasi macrumors newbie

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    #1
    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

    BlueRevolution

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    #2
    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

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    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

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    #4
    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

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    #5
    Thanks, I just used that tip to hide: /opts
     

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