Is there a way to hide folders in OSX like you can in Windows? And if so then how?
The command-line way:
Open Terminal (/Applications/Utilities) and type
To unhide it, type
The freeware way:
I haven't used it, but I've seen the app Hide Folders, by Altomac.
Any file or folder that begins with a . will be hidden by default, although you can use a utility like TinkerTool to override this.
In terminal enter the following to show hidden folders:
This will make all hidden folders visible, and will also allow you to prefix a folder with "." directly from finder (making it hidden).
To hide folders again, enter the following: