Question on hiding files?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by danmc00, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. danmc00 macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2009
    I am new to the iMac world. I have been a life long PC user. My question is, on my old PC I could make a file hidden by right clicking on it and checking the hidden box. Is there a way to make a file hidden on a Mac? I am always working on projects that I don't want my roommates to see. They always steal my ideas and work.
    Thanks for the help.

    BTW, I have the new 27" iMac with Snow Leopard.
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
  3. UltraNEO* macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2007
    It's possible to create hidden files but those usually belong to the system; just add a . (period) to beginning of the file name.
    But.. you might have issues searching for them at a later date, they will vanish and most applications can't see them.

    Another and safer way is to put your files in the home directory (ie Documents) and set your Mac to logout automatically (or manually logout). If you create multiple accounts, one for each user, each of the home directories will be inaccessible to the other user.

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