.DS_Store file on my desktop - can't delete

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by safetyobc, Nov 29, 2007.

  1. safetyobc macrumors 6502


    Sep 6, 2007

    I am relatively new to the Mac. I have a Macbook Pro 2.2GHz. Today, a file keeps popping up on my desktop. It is named .DS_Store. The icon looks like a text document. I won't open it cuz I'm afraid of what it is, lol (Windows still clogging my brain). Anyway, I can drag it to the trash and delete the trash, but after a bit, it reappears.

    Any idea how to get rid of it?
  2. iTim314 macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2005
    Are you showing Hidden Files? You shouldn't be seeing that.

    But simply, no. Mac OS X stores a .DS_Store file in every folder on your Hard Drive. It uses this to store information about that folder. Once you get rid of it, all you're doing is reseting a few small setting and OS X will recreate a new file. They take up almost no space so there's no need, especially with your configuration.

    But those files should be hidden.
  3. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    It is an invisible file that is created by the finder, sort of like the thumbs.db thing on windows. For some reason it seems you have invisible files being shown on your computer.

    To hide them open up Terminal in Utilites

    copy and paste the following and press enter after each line

  4. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    Now that you've seen it, we have to kill you. :p
  5. safetyobc thread starter macrumors 6502


    Sep 6, 2007
    Thanks guys!

    You know what I did? I have TinkerTool installed to edit the dock look. I set the finder preferences to "Show Hidden and System Files"

    Once I seen what was posted above about the hidden files, I knew what I had done!

    THANKS! I appreciate the help!
  6. Crispsting macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2007
    It works!!!

    Thanks xUKHCx I had the same problem after upgrading to Leopard and then trying to copy my itunes library back from my iPhone - It was Bl**dy irritating. I was just about to try a full re-install.:D
  7. emerywolf macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2008

    saved me a drive down to the apple store, :apple:
  8. johnswords1 macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2008
    .DS_Store problem

    I tried to follow the directions you suggested to rid myself of the irritating .DS_Store on my iMac G5 and could not locate the right utility. Do I have to do something different to fix the problem on my computer?
  9. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Go to Applications-->Utility-->Terminal

    Then type the commands xUKHCx provided.
  10. chiefroastbeef macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2008
    Dallas, Texas/ Hong Kong
    This really should be a sticky of some sort. A lot of new Mac users have this problem, and it is quite annoying. I had it when I first got my MBP, thanks to this forum I am .DS free!
  11. passiondale macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2008

    I appreciate the help on getting the ds store icon off the desktop. I'm new to Mac and I'd say that was about the only annoyance I've had to date.

    Thanks xUKHCx, Crispsting and alpaod - couldn't have done it without you! Or at least not this quickly and painlessly.
  12. a456 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2005
    Sometimes when I download new software (Stanza - ebook reader this time) it automatically opens .DS_store file on startup and displays the mumbo jumbo. This is annoying me. Is there any way to have it not open the .DS_store file?

    (Note: Stanza is not set to open on startup)
  13. lish05 macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2008
    Thank you!

    This problem was driving me nuts. Mac Forums rock.
  14. roxtar.2000 macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2008
    you guys rock

    Thanks so much. these files drove me nuts. i knew it had to do something with TinkerTool but didn't know how to get rid of them. Thanks so much.:D
  15. jsfitz22 macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2007
  16. twiztidsid13 macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2009
    crapville, why you want to visit
    thank you thank you thank you

    thank you xUKHCx
    i have used this twice now!
    im not NEW to macs, but i wouldnt say i know alot about them just yet.
    my first one was a powerbook and i didnt do much but use it for normal
    stuff, downloading, chat, porn lol
    now i have a nice macbook(not pro) and i keep trying to maximize
    my use and experience of it and i keep getting myself alittle over
    my head it would seem.

    i download this and something happens, i download that and nothing
    happens. i just dont know what or who to trust.

    well i just joined this forum and i intend on doing a good bit of reading
    and learing b4 i get all willy nilly about trying new things with a $1300
    paper weight!

    im glad there are some people out there that dont mind helping out,
    some would rather let you suffer. Id like to think us mac users are a
    bit more "user friendly"!

    i hope one day to know what im doing with this thing and be able to
    help others maybe.

    i know this thread is old and all, but still. had to say something!

    i sure wont be installing anything new for a bit, even from apples
    own page, where i found my newest blunder it would seem!

    :apple: LOVE

  17. Middy macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2009
    Midlands UK
    Brand new to Mac's, and that helped so much. Was annoying the hell out of me. Thank you.
  18. gotmeanick macrumors newbie

    Feb 22, 2010
    Ahhhhh thank you so much! I just got a Macbook this weekend and this was driving me nuts!
  19. macfeign macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2010

    I tried this and am glad that it's fixed. Thanks.

  20. metalman macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2010
    Thanks a zillion

  21. Paulie420 macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2010
    Same as all here, this fix worked on brand new iMac.


    Thanks OP! Like the others, wondering what triggered the invisible files ON. I am installing tons of stuff because of a new computer... I'm scanning with ClamXav now, just to be sure?

    Thanks for a quick easy fix. Bookmark MacRumors, oh its already there. :D
  22. traceh macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2011
    pc crashed want to transfer ipod to Mac OS X

    Hi there ,
    Am brand new to Mac . My HP pc crashed and I cant get my library off it . I would like to transfer my ipod library off my ipod onto my Mac . I followed some stuff off about.com macs and then I couldn't get past

    Terminal Is Your Friend
    Launch Terminal, located at /Applications/Utilities/.

    Type or copy/paste the following commands. Press the return key after you enter each line.
    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
    killall Finder
    Is there an easy way to do it ? :confused:
    I can't get the ipod icon to stay on the screen and don't know what I should be doing ?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated :eek:
  23. Oadbylad macrumors newbie


    Sep 9, 2011
    Here at me Mac

    Thank you
  24. chuckf1 macrumors newbie


    Jul 31, 2011
    I just had the same problem. I really appreciate the help in taking care of it!
  25. frydaddy macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2011
    Thanks for the info on what these files are, but why did they become UN-hidden after the last I-tunes/Safari update?

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