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I work in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and I have Unreal Engine installed. As you know, UE is only for MacOS and Windows, so I had to use the source code from Github. I installed it, but if I move the UE folder from Desktop to Downloads and try to run the shortcut, it says that it couldn't(even if I modify the UE's folder's location from Properties). Because I hate putting too much shortcuts/files on Desktop, I want to hide the file for UE. Do you think if I hide the folder,the shortcut will work? If yes, can you tell me how to hide it?

The UE's folder is on the Desktop. If I move it anywhere on the PC and change the path in the shortcut:

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OR

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So, what should I do?

P.S. : This video shows you how does the UE responds to the modify.

Thanks, Matthew

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    You can hide files and folders by adding a dot, ".", to the beginning of the name. For example, if the name is EU, then .EU will be hidden. Mar 30, 2018 at 19:28
  • Put a dot at the beginning of the folder on desktop, then change the location in properties, see if it works.
    – Ravexina
    Mar 30, 2018 at 19:33
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    @mikewhatever Renaming a file/folder to include a leading . (dot) character will make that folder unaccessible by the application that uses it.
    – heynnema
    Mar 31, 2018 at 1:06
  • @Ravexina Renaming a file/folder to include a leading . (dot) character will make that folder unaccessible by the application that uses it.
    – heynnema
    Mar 31, 2018 at 1:08
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    @Ravexina IF you have access to the source code for the application, and IF you're able to locate all references to the UE folder, etc.
    – heynnema
    Mar 31, 2018 at 13:04

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Create a text file called .hidden at the top level of your home directly. In this text file, add the name of the file/folder to hide. Log out, log in, and that file/folder will no longer be displayed.

Update: #1 As was pointed out, the .hidden file that you create may need to be placed in the directory where the file that you wish to hide is, so in your case, in ~/Desktop.

In terminal...

pico ~/Desktop/.hidden # to create/edit the file

UnrealEngine

control+o # to save your edits

hit Return key to confirm filename to save to

control+x # to exit the editor

log out

log in

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  • Don't you mean in "Create a text file called .hidden in ~/Desktop/" instead of "at the top level of your home"? OP wants to hide a file located at Desktop. I don't think putting Desktop/filename in ~/.hidden will work.
    – pomsky
    Mar 31, 2018 at 2:11
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    @pomsky you may be right. I've updated my answer.
    – heynnema
    Mar 31, 2018 at 12:59
  • Please read the question again...
    – Matthew
    Mar 31, 2018 at 13:15
  • @Matthew I reread the question. I made a slight edit to my update. Is there something specific that you'd like to point out that maybe I'm missing?
    – heynnema
    Mar 31, 2018 at 13:22
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    Not control-c. Please read the updated instructions carefully. control-o, return, control-x.
    – heynnema
    Apr 1, 2018 at 20:19

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