Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

My problem is I've got heaps of photos that I don't want to be found in finder is their any easy way to stop finder from showing them in places like All Files or quicklook.

share|improve this question
up vote 2 down vote accepted

There are many ways to achieve this.

  1. Exclude such folders in the Spotlight search. Any one else using the Mac can easily find and go through the content.
  2. Create a new Disk Image (preferably encrypt it) in Disk Utility and it is a separate disk which grows and shrinks based on the contents. You could also use apps like Knox to achieve the same.
  3. Try apps like Skedaddle to hide from Finder. Skedaddle protects the files with a password and Spotlight cannot find it. It does not encrypt the data.
share|improve this answer
Option 2 is the best choice in that the data is truly removed from spotlight databases as well as encrypted in case someone accesses your hard drive (and bypasses the password you have set on your account or your firmware). The other suggestions are nice for light protection, but are more fragile and if the files are truly sensitive, option 2 would be my choice here. – bmike Jan 16 '12 at 21:11
Both the answers were really helpful cheers – Igroup Jan 18 '12 at 20:20

Create a hidden folder and put your private files (not only pictures) there.
They won't show up in spotlight or a finder search (basically both are the same)
To make a hidden folder, open the terminal app and type:
mkdir /.private

This will create a folder named .private in the root of your Hard drive.
Then you can only access this in finder by pressing shiftcommandG and entering /.private.

Of course you can name the folder anything you want and put it anywhere, but it has to start with a dot to be hidden, and you have to remember where you put it.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.