Have you ever wished you could move the “Microsoft User Data” folder out of your “Documents” folder? It holds a variety of settings associated with Microsoft Office apps and thus doesn’t really seem at home amongst my actual documents.
You used to be able to move this folder to
~/Library/Preferences and go happily on your way, but with Office 2011 this fix no longer works. Rather, you’ll just get a new “User Data” folder when you next launch an Office app.
You could probably move the folder and leave a symlink behind, but that doesn’t really solve the problem as you’ll still have to stare at what amounts to a preferences folder amongst your documents.
(Yes, I know. I’m anal. It’s a curse that I deal with on a daily basis.)
But fear not. I have a solution. Instead of moving it, you can just hide it. To do so, open a terminal window and issue the following command:
sudo chflags hidden /Users/username/Documents/Microsoft\ User\ Data
Be sure to replace “username” with your username, or… Just drag and drop the folder into the terminal window after “hidden” (plus the space) and it will auto-populate the path for you.