The technique applies to any location in your Finder, but works best on your Desktop where you can drag the folder to an obscure location to ensure it’s not found by accident. This is also a great way to hide any present ideas or important documents, like printable concert tickets or invoices including bank details, from those using your machine. We’ve detailed everything you need to know in the nine-steps across this spread.
First, create a folder on your Desktop. Do this by right-clicking and choosing New Folder, or by simply using the keyboard shortcut Cmd+Shift+N.
Next, rename the folder. You need it to be invisible, so the new name needs to be made up of spaces. Tap it a number of times to make it easier to click.
Next, you need to remove the image of the folder. Your mission is to create or find a transparent image for your folder, so the Desktop is visible beneath.
Use the shortcut Cmd+Shift+3 to take a screenshot of the whole screen. This will become your invisible image in a moment – open it with Preview.
Select the entire image using Cmd+A and hit Backspace to delete the image but maintain the dimensions. Voilà! You have a transparent image file.
6: Crop and copy
You can crop this down to a more manageable size if you wish, but it’s not necessary. Select All again with Cmd+A and copy the image.
7: Get Info
Select your folder on the Desktop and right-click. Choose Get Info from the menu to see the file’s information, including its icon in the top-left.
Click this folder icon and you will see it is highlighted with a blue glow. Hit Cmd+V to paste the transparent image into the slot, which will replace the icon.
9: Hide it
Your file is now completely hidden on your Desktop. Move it so it’s out of the way, and drop files into it if you don’t want to clutter up your Desktop.
Click Image to Enlarge: