Make folder unsearchable?

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  1. kyle1320 macrumors regular

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    How would I make a folder so the folder or any items in it do not show up in spotlight or finder search? Thanks :)
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can add a folder to the Privacy tab in Spotlight preferences to prevent Spotlight from searching that folder, but you can't make it unsearchable in Finder.
     
  3. Dr Kevorkian94 macrumors 68020

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    put it in Macintosh HD/Library it will not show up when searched in finder or spotlight. i do it for certain materials i do not want people to see:D i actually put a encrypted Hd partition in there and apple could not find it.
     
  4. kyle1320 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks :)
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Just be aware that using that method, it will still be searchable in Finder.
     
  6. kyle1320 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Crap :mad: any other mods or something?
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No. You could create an encrypted dmg and put what you don't want found in there.
     
  8. kyle1320 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Nah, sure any of these properties wouldn't fix it?

     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, they won't. Remember, you can add this criteria to any Finder search:
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  10. Dr Kevorkian94 macrumors 68020

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    i have a .dmg in that folder and its not searchable in my finder
     
  11. GGJstudios, Jun 22, 2011
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    Yes, it is. Read my last post. Searching System Files will search the Library folder.

    Edit: Since you edited your post, I'm not saying the .dmg is searchable. I'm saying the Macintosh HD/Library folder is searchable. Your .dmg could be found by a search if it's in the Macintosh HD/Library folder, but the contents of that .dmg may not be searchable.
     
  12. Dr Kevorkian94 macrumors 68020

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    ur thinking of the wrong library folder NOT the one in the systems folder the Library folder with the pic of the greek acropolis on it:

    also reading your next post i have tried that on mine and it wont show up the file itself or its contents

    edit you are right about that but who searches specifically in the folder anyway lol
     

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  13. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, I'm referring to the Macintosh HD/Library folder. Test it yourself:
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    No one said anything about specifically searching that folder, but there are occasions to search system files, which would include that folder:
     
  14. Dr Kevorkian94, Jun 22, 2011
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    the edit i put i just said u were right, but come on who searches specifically in the library folder lol

    edit: ok gotcha, for now like someone said i would just create a encrypted .dmg and stick it in there. it will be annoying too look for and password protected.
     
  15. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I was composing that post before you edited yours. Read my response to your edit in my last post.
     
  16. steveholt macrumors newbie

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    Really old but good

    So I know this thread is really old, but being that no one here clearly knows how to achieve what this gentleman's goal is, I figured I would sign up and leave it for anyone in the future (don't expect a response, it works).

    This method is to create a hidden folder. This will remain open until you close your finder window, and then it is hidden again. The content within said hidden window is hidden from Finder searches or Spotlight searches.

    Open Terminal.
    Type: mkdir .hiddenfolder
    Open Finder.
    Press the following key command: command+shift+g
    Type in the folder you just created w/: /users/username/.hiddenfolder/

    Name your folder whatever, doesn't have to be 'hiddenfolder', but it does need the period before it. No special characters (remember it as well).

    As well, the username is the username of your home folder (not your ACTUAL user name).

    Good luck.
     
  17. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That won't work, since hidden files and folders are still searchable in Finder, as described in post #9.
     

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