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Selected Files/folders:

I don't know who these files belong to, but I'm afraid deleting them might cause something to break. How do I hide these files and folders so that they do not appear in Nautilus, but they are accessible by Windows, if they belong to it.

I have seen some guides where each file and folder to be hidden is prepended by a period (.), but that would change the file name, which may or may not break something.


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These look like the relatively new Windows bootlader files. You're right that you shouldn't rename them, e.g. by inserting a dot before the name in order to hide them under Linux.

To hide otherwise in a GUI way, you can install Nautilus Actions Extra by first adding the repository using these terminal commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nae-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update

You can then install Nautilus Actions Extra using this command:

sudo apt-get install nautilus-actions-extra

You can install nautilus-hide only instead of the whole package using this terminal command:

sudo apt-get install nautilus-hide

Finally, you'll get (Un)Hide option in Nautilus context menu to hide any folder(s) and/or file(s) selected after restarting Nautilus with this terminal command:

nautilus -q
  • I am not near a Ubuntu machine, so i can't check this, but I think at the top of my head, that that nautilus-hide package also set a . infront of the name!?
    – blade19899
    Commented Jan 16, 2013 at 12:16
  • No, it doesn't! It uses another method: A plain text file named ".hidden" is created in the location where you have files and folders to hide, and then simply their names are listed in this file. So, in a non-gui way, you can just do this manually as well ;-)
    – Sadi
    Commented Jan 16, 2013 at 12:21
  • Hey, this works. Thanks! I do have another question though. I can't seem to launch the actions-config-tool with the command gksu nautilus-actions-config-tool. Any help with that?
    – Rafay
    Commented Jan 16, 2013 at 12:41
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    No need for gksu - those settings should only apply to that user who wants them. Please in the future ask a new question - makes it easier for all who seek solutions later
    – guntbert
    Commented Jan 16, 2013 at 12:54

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