There is an easy way of telling macOS to hide Notebooks’ plist files so Finder does not display them anymore. If you feel comfortable working in Terminal, here is how you to that:

Launch Terminal and change to your Notebooks folder, then enter this command:

find . -name "*.plist" -exec chflags hidden {} \;

This changes the visibility flag of each plist file within the current directory hierarchy, so Finder no longer displays them. (This is nothing Notebooks specific, you can actually do that with any file on your Mac.)

There is a side effect that you should be aware of: changing the attribute of a file marks it as changed. So if you are using Notebooks with Dropbox, each of these plist files will immediately be synced to Dropbox, and then on to your other devices. That does not change the behavior of Notebooks, but it may come unexpected and take a little while. So this is just to let you know what is going to happen.

Should you want to make the plist files visible again, just use this command:

find . -name "*.plist" -exec chflags nohidden {} \;

Hide Notebooks’ plist Files on a Mac

5 thoughts on “Hide Notebooks’ plist Files on a Mac

  • July 10, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Awesome Alfons, that cleans up the Finder wonderfully…

  • August 12, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Yeeehaw, was just stopping by because I love the concept while hating the plist clogging up of the Finder. Now things get interesting – what do I need Evernote for ?-)))

  • August 20, 2016 at 1:32 am

    I guess this will hide all plist files on my Mac?

    If so, just wondering if there would be any other downside to this, i.e. will it cause problems with other applications?


    • August 20, 2016 at 6:55 am

      Hi Peter, if you follow the outlined procedure, you only hide Notebooks’ plist files. You first change to the corresponding directory, and the ‘.’ following ‘find’ tells the command to look at the current directory only. So the rest remains untouched.

      Although I cannot guarantee, I still don’t think that hiding those files has any negative impact on other applications, because it just tells Finder not to display them.

      • August 20, 2016 at 8:39 am

        Thanks Alfons.

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