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How to hide all .plist.lockfile files
Authored by: tempel on May 18, '12 08:28:53AM

Here's an even more user-friendly way to do this:

Get my app "Find Any File" (free trial from and let it search for "Name - ends in - plist.lockfile". Before you click "Find", hold down the Option (alt) key so that the button reads "Find All". Click the button and enter your admin password. (If you only want to change the visibility of items in your home folder, you don't need the "All" mode, though.)

Now you'll see all those files on your disk. Switch between flat and folder view with the buttons in the top left corner.

Optionally, right-click on the list headers to enable viewing of a "Enclosing Folder" or "Entire Path" column to allow you to sort by path.

Now select the files you want to hide, then right-click on them, and choose "Make Invisble".

You can also revert this, of course, the same way.

Edited on May 18, '12 08:38:30AM by tempel

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How to hide all .plist.lockfile files
Authored by: nova20 on May 18, '12 02:58:47PM

The script is free and all you have to do is click on it to run it. It does the job two or three seconds. No need to remember a sequence of actions.

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How to hide all .plist.lockfile files
Authored by: tempel on May 19, '12 01:39:23AM

Oh, nothing wrong with your script. Well done.

But you should consider explaining to the unexperienced user how to even make use of your tip. There are no instructions that tell the user how to run the script.

I.e., that one needs to open Script Editor and paste that text into a new script window, then save and run it to use it. If you address people who you expect not to know how to hide files, you also need to consider they don't know how to create scripts.

My solution gives the user more control as he can see what's happening. Although, if the user doesn't care about options, yours is quicker to execute, no doubt.

Also, my tip wasn't about giving the user long instructions that he needs to remember - it shows how to use a tool to his advantage, for doing much more, and all pretty self-explanatory.

Edited on May 19, '12 01:42:46AM by tempel

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