How to open DS_STORE files
Did your computer fail to open a DS_STORE file? We explain what DS_STORE files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your files.
What is a DS_STORE file?
DS_STORE files are Mac OS X folder information files, which you can read more about below.
The DS_STORE file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different apps may use the same file extension for different types of data. So a DS_STORE opener may not be able to open all kinds of DS_STORE files. In this case, though, we only know of one specific use.
Mac OS X folder information
DS_STORE files are used by the Macintosh OSX operating system. These files contain the viewing preference information, which controls how the Mac OSX operating system opens a user's folders and how the folders appear.
The preferences stored by the DS_STORE files may include information like the size of the folder window and the position of the folder window when it is open on the computer desktop. DS_STORE files are normally hidden and invisible to the user.
If a user happens to delete their DS_STORE file, the desktop folders' appearance will revert to the default preferences.
If you find this type of file on a Windows PC, it is likely because you have unzipped an archive file created on a Mac computer. You can safely ignore the file.
DS_STORE file openers, viewers, etc.
These apps are known to open certain types of DS_STORE files. Remember, different programs may use DS_STORE files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.