How to Make an Invisible Folder (Mac)

Have you ever wanted to hide a folder in plain site? Maybe a folder with some inappropriate pictures that you don't want your boss or parents to see? Are you always frustrated by the amount of PC articles on this? Well here's a Mac tutorial for you!

Steps

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    Make a new folder. If you already have one prepared, skip this step.
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    Take a screenshot of any part of your desktop using [Command+Shift+4] and then dragging to form an area.
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    Open this picture up in preview. Now here's where it gets complicated.
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    Open up the toolbar in Preview and select the 'Instant Alpha' function.
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    Click and drag with Instant Alpha on until the entire picture is red, then release. It will select the entire picture.
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    Press delete and then once you can no longer see the picture, type [Command+A]. This will select the blank space where the picture used to be.
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    Type [Command+C] to copy that area. You can now exit out of Preview.
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    Right click on the folder you just made / had and select Get Info.
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    In the top left hand corner there will be a Folder Icon. Click on this. It should be highlighted in blue.
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    Now (with the icon selected) type [Command+V] to paste the blank picture in. There will no longer be an icon visible, and the folder will disappear from your desktop.
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    Now all you have to do is rename the folder (highlight the folder and press Enter) to several spaces (press the spacebar a couple times) and there will be no trace of it on your desktop.
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    The only thing you have left to do is to left click and drag your mouse over the vicinity that the folder was in, drag the folder over to a corner of your desktop where you hardly put files, and then deselect it.
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    When you want to open it again, just select the vicinity again and double click the area where the name of the folder would be.

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