Preventing invisible files when saving directly from Excel to Network Drive

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by turtlebud, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. turtlebud macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2002
    I work in a cross platform environment (windows/mac) where we typically save common files to a shared network drive. I've found when I save a file directly from excel (as opposed to saving it locally, then copying it over) it created an invisible ._filename file in the same directory. I know it's a property/resource file for the file that I just created, but it's a little confusing for some windows users and just clutters up the share directory. Is there any way to prevent the creation of the ._filename file while still saving directly from excel?

    (I'd prefer not to save locally, then move to network drive - it's cleaner for me if I can just save directly)

    So far, I've found that this only happens with MS Office. I've opened a sql file in textwrangler and komodo, edited it, and saved it to the network and no invisible files are created.

    NOTE: this is different the the fix that apple had published regarding not creating DS_Store files - that refers to copying files from the finder to a network drive and I don't have any problems with that.

  2. ynk1121 macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2008
    Here is some reading material as to what they are.

    Some windows os's see them as system files. Disabling "show hidden system files" on the windows machines is one option.

    A quick google search turned up a app called "BlueHarvest". It looks to do what you want. I haven't personally tried it though. If you do use it or find some other way of doing it, do post a follow up. I'm curious.
  3. turtlebud thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2002
    Thanks for the suggestion - I came across Blueharvest as well, however, like many of the solutions, they seem to address the issue of copying files from your Mac to the share drive (which isn't a problem for me). I have yet to find any information about preventing a MS Office application from creating invisible files when saving directly to a share drive.

    And I've changed my own settings on my windows prefs so that I don't see invisible files when I'm in windows, but I don't work closely (or sometimes not at all) with all the people that access the files that I put on the share drive, so I'd rather find a way to keep the share drive free of the .files.

    If I do find a solution to this, I definitely will post here.


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