1 Reply Latest reply: Feb 8, 2013 4:31 AM by BGreg
Jswiss59 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

So a few weeks ago I noticed this .ds store hidden file showing up on my desktop of my MacBook Pro, I deleted it, so it's over with right? WRONG!!! Could not have been more wrong. This file now shows up in every single folder I open on my computer. I've deleted it form the same folder numerous times only for it to reappear again and again and again. It's even showing up on my USB Flash Drives. I've reached a point where I'd rather throw this computer out the window then have to keep dealing with this insufferable file. Can someone please explain to me what the heck is going on? And more importanly on I can actually fix this problem so I DO NOT have to deal with it anymore? Any help is greatly appreciated.


Side Note: I have already used a bunch of different programs and none have yet to work. Everyone keeps recommending TinkerTools and it doesn't do squat.

Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • 1. Re: What is this .DS Store file and why does it keep coming back?
    BGreg Level 6 Level 6 (17,500 points)

    This will explain the .ds store file. As you've found out there's one for every file. If you don't want to see those hidden files, don't display hidden files.


    To make hidden file hidden, bring up terminal, enter "defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles NO" (don't type the quote marks), then force quit finder and relaunch it. If that doesn't work, change NO to FALSE.