How to remove folders created by software from 'documents'

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Scylax, Sep 25, 2010.

  1. Scylax macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2009
    I like to keep my 'documents' area of the finder uncluttered, but lots of pieces of software, such as 'Bookends', Microsoft Office and others put folders there each time they are opened. To try to move them, I opened the prefs of Bookends and moved the folder location to a better place, but every time I open the software it just puts a new folder in 'documents'. I presume there must be a way to stop this, but how? Thanks!
  2. KirkL macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2010
    United States
    MS Office creates them? It hasn't for me...but ya I agree I'd like to find a way to remove them or at least put them in a different place.
  3. galarneau macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2008
    I just leave them there, but make them invisible.

    If you have the Developer Tools installed, type this at the command line:

    SetFile -a V (path to folder you want to make invisible)
  4. extralarge macrumors member

    Dec 15, 2008
    Move them

    Most of that folders or files are created to store the application property information, or the library. Rather delete it, it's better if you just move them to another folder, and ask the applications to choose the new location. And, if something go wrong, you can simply move back the related files.
    Deleting is just to risky.
  5. Ashka macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2008
    New Zealand
    I've always made my own Documents folder 'Mine' and left the default documents folder for various software apps to use.
    No Stress that way :
  6. lucifiel macrumors 6502a


    Nov 7, 2009
    In your basement
    I think this might work:

    sudo chflags hidden <insert directory path>

    So whatever fold you want hidden, set the flags to hidden?
  7. LPZ macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2006
    This seems like a nice solution. To make it a bit more user-friendly:

    Open Terminal (in Utilities) and type the following but don't press return

    chflags hidden
    Drag a folder or file that you want hidden from your Documents folder into the Terminal window and release. The folder/file path is added to complete the chflags command.

    Now press return in Terminal and the folder or file---which is still in its original location in Documents---is hidden.

    You can still see the folder/file name by entering

    cd ~/Documents; ls
    in Terminal.

    And you can make a hidden item visible again by entering

    chflags nohidden ~/Documents/NameOfItemGoesHere
    in Terminal and pressing return.
  8. Scylax thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2009
    Thanks, all!

    Thanks very much for all your responses. As someone who wouldn't have a clue how to edit anything in the terminal, I have for now adopted Ashka's suggestion, but I am still very interested in learning other ways. I would also love to know why picking a new file location for 'Bookends' didn't work. Any ideas?

  9. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Your OS is _____
    Your version of Bookends is _____

    Maybe there's a compatibiltiy issue. I've never used, or heard of Bookends. Contact the developer, if they've given you a "life line".

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