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Move Any Given Folder Away From Documents

Earlier I posted a tip how to clean up your Documents folder by moving Microsoft User Data elsewhere. This tip is more generic .

This tip is taken from "Sir Novian's Blog" but as it doesn't really function that well (I had to access it via Google cache), I'll just paste the whole thing here (slightly modified).

  1. (Skip this step if you already have Developer Tools installed.)

    The original tip said this: "You will first have to break out your OS X DVDs and install the XCode developer tools. If you don’t do any development work, choose “custom” and install just the first “Developer Tools” package in the list; it is approx 180MB. No need to take up extra space with things that aren’t needed." However, you couldn't perform those steps on Leopard:

    On Leopard double click Optional Installs/Xcode Tools/XcodeTools.mpkg. (Check the packages you need, only the first is required for this tip.)

  2. Move the folder you want to get rid of from ~/Documents to ~/Library.
  3. Create an alias for the folder, move the alias to ~/Documents and rename it exactly according to the original folder name.
  4. Hide the alias by opening the Terminal, navigating to ~/Documents and running the following command:

    # /Developer/Tools/SetFile -a V "<folder name>"

    For instance, if you want to get rid of Updater folder, type:

    # /Developer/Tools/SetFile -a V "Updater"

    (Quotes are needed only for names that contain spaces in them, like Microsoft User Data.)

It's a bit of a hassle but I don't care. I'm too happy enjoying my Documents folder that is finally mine and only mine. I know it's only an illusion, I know Dev tools needed over a 1 GB to install, but I'm just too happy to care.