MSN keeps creating a folder

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  1. watsonjm macrumors regular

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    Every time i sign into msn or start a conversation with someone, msn creates a file in my doc's. Is there any real reason for this and is there a way to stop it? I find it incredibly annoying as it changes the order of my folders so i forever clicking the wrong one. I have tried hiding it, but it just created another folder.

    Any ideas? Its driving me insane

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  2. torchwood04 macrumors regular

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    What kind of file/folder? Is it some kind of downloads folder? Also, are you running the latest version of Microsoft Messenger?
     
  3. watsonjm thread starter macrumors regular

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    Just a folder called 'Microsoft user data'. yep am using the latest MSN
     
  4. torchwood04 macrumors regular

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    I believe that is needed for Microsoft Messenger to install/run. Th efolder is also used for Mac Office, and the like..
     
  5. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Yeah, it's annoying. What I did was move the Microsoft User Data folder to ~/Library/Application Support/ then create an alias to it in ~/Documents, then make the alias invisible using an app called X-Ray
     
  6. nadyne macrumors 6502a

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    The Microsoft User Data folder is required for Messenger to operate correctly. You shouldn't move it or delete it.

    Regards,
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  7. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    I disagree. If you delete it, it will just be created again next time you lauch a Microsoft app. As for moving it, I moved it two years ago (as described above) and have had no problems at all.
     
  8. fud122 macrumors member

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    It's where MSN saves conversation histories. Do you have that option enabled under preferences. I'm not sure if this folder is used for anything else though but I know I've deleted it without any problems.
     
  9. nadyne macrumors 6502a

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    Messenger 7 stores message history (if you have that enabled), as well as your custom emoticons, in that directory. Deleting it means that you've lost that information.

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  10. watsonjm thread starter macrumors regular

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    tryed this but the alias is still visible in the dock on my documents. Dnt think theres a way round this.
     
  11. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Did you use X-Ray to make the alias invisible?
     
  12. watsonjm thread starter macrumors regular

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    yep but while its invisible in the actual folder you can still see the alias in the dock
     
  13. kolax macrumors G3

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    Final Cut Pro, Color, Soundtrack Pro, Parallel's Desktop, iChat, EyeTV all create folders there, along with other applications.

    It isn't restricted to Messenger:Mac. Though, the majority of these applications you can change the directory so the folder is no longer in your Documents folder, but still, it isn't a big deal.
     
  14. watsonjm thread starter macrumors regular

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    lol it only isnt a big deal if it doesnt bother you. each to there own i guess
     
  15. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Hmm,

    Mine does not show up in the Document stack on the dock.
     
  16. watsonjm thread starter macrumors regular

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    hmm wonder if its cause i was using a trial version on xray? is there any free-wear i could use instead? plus i dnt fully understand how to use xray
     
  17. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    I use the trial version of xray.

    Open xray
    go to file->open
    open the alias
    check the Invisible box
    quit xray (save file when prompted)
     

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