You probably don’t want to do this, since backups are useful, especially when something goes wrong.
To avoid seeing backup files (and other “uninteresting” files) in Dired,
dired-x by adding the following to your .emacs file:
(add-hook 'dired-load-hook (lambda () (require 'dired-x)))
dired-x loaded, M-o toggles omitting in each dired buffer.
You can make omitting the default for new dired buffers by putting the
following in your .emacs:
(add-hook 'dired-mode-hook 'dired-omit-toggle)
If you’re tired of seeing backup files whenever you do an ‘ls’ at
the Unix shell, try GNU
ls with the ‘-B’ option. GNU
ls is part of the GNU Fileutils package, available from
‘ftp.gnu.org’ and its mirrors (see Current GNU distributions).
To disable or change the way backups are made, see Backup Names in The GNU Emacs Manual.
Beginning with Emacs 21.1, you can control where Emacs puts backup files
by customizing the variable
variable’s value specifies that files whose names match specific patters
should have their backups put in certain directories. A typical use is
to add the element
("." . dir) to force Emacs to put
all backup files in the directory dir.