Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I am using Microsoft's SyncToy in Windows 7 to do backups between several locations, including my desktop. Unfortunately, SyncToy stores metadata in hidden .dat files that it leaves wherever it backs up to or from. I hate seeing this file on my desktop, but I don't want to hide hidden files. I am wondering if I could move it offscreen so I don't have to see it most of the time. I know this happens unintentionally occasionally, but I've never tried to do it intentionally. I am already at the maximum screen resolution so any solution that involves changing that probably won't work.

share|improve this question
You're probably better off switching to a different Sync program that doesn't leave those types of files laying around. :) – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Mar 25 '13 at 18:55
I am open to that. Any suggestions? – Craig W Mar 25 '13 at 18:55
Software suggestions are off-topic for SU buuuut here's a closed one that has suggestions: Which is the best application to Sync two folders? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Mar 25 '13 at 18:57

Click on the desktop with the secondary mouse button to open the context menu, select View and then unmark Align icons to the grid. You can now drag the icons offscreen, but whenever the program creates new icons they'll be placed onscreen.

If you don't have anything on your desktop but those .dat icons you can also unmark Show desktop icons on that same menu to hide all icons on the desktop.

enter image description here

Image from

share|improve this answer
This basically works, I can move the icon so it is virtually offscreen--just a sliver visible when selected. I like having 'align icons to grid' on though. Is there any way to keep the icon offscreen even after you re-enable the setting? – Craig W Mar 25 '13 at 18:49
The ideal would be to configure that program you are using to place the files elsewhere if possible, or use a different software entirely. There are some workarounds I can think of, but it all seems overcomplicated. You could change the icon associated with .dat to nothing so only the filename would be displayed. You could get a second monitor, move the icons to the second monitor and then disable it thus getting back to your usual setup. The icons could come back, though. – Alex Mar 25 '13 at 19:05

You can use a software called fences. It adds the same function a cell phone has to switch between desktops (as when you slide your finger on the screen from side to side). You would just move that file to the desktop on the left or right.

See more

See here for that specific function

Or you can swap to a software called syncback for your backups

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.