Dired mode in Emacs is fantastic, but one little thing that annoyed me was that the directory listings show file ownership and permissions, taking up space with information I almost never care about.

I started down a rabbit hole of figuring out how to hide those columns. I spent wasted an hour on my way to discovering that, of course, there’s a built-in way to do it: dired-hide-details-mode.

Well, that was easy.

;; Hide file ownership/permissions by default
(add-hook 'dired-mode-hook 'dired-hide-details-mode)

This makes the listing go from this…

Dired listing before hiding permissions

…to this…

Dired listing after hiding permissions

This is almost always what I’d prefer.