removing ".ds store" icon on desktop

Discussion in 'macOS' started by fairlyg, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. fairlyg macrumors newbie

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    How I made it appear there I dont know. I followed Mac's website advice on keeping the ".ds_store" files from being created again but am still left with an icon on the desktop. If I put it in the trash, it reappears, with a copy left in the trash. If I try to put it into something else, a message pops up saying it "cannot be replaced because it is invisible." Anybody else ever see this or have advice??:confused:
     
  2. richard.mac macrumors 603

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  3. fairlyg thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks...but it won't leave

    Im did as you mentioned, actually I downloaded the Show/Hide File software which seemed way too easy. The .ds_store is still on the desktop. Also, when I use Finder to look around, I see a ".localized", a ".cups" a ".CFUser textEncoding" and it made my trash into ".trash"

    What the heck did I do last night?
     
  4. fairlyg thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wait, I did hide them all

    I finally went thorough terminal and did the kill all finder routine. But what would of made all those little files show up?
     
  5. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    so "killall Finder" (relaunches the Finder process) did the trick? maybe you inadvertently enabled hidden files with an applications and you didnt notice? im not sure.
     
  6. alexoben macrumors newbie

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    I bet you this is what happened:

    Somehow you had hidden files set to show
    Your desktop froze (not finder entirely, just your desktop. happens to me a lot)
    When you disabled hidden files, they appeared to still be there.

    Killing finder would restart the desktop.
     

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