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 used by the Macintosh OSX operating system. These files contain the viewing preference information which control the way 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 his or her DS_STORE file, the appearance of the desktop folders will revert back to the default preferences.

Software that will open, convert or fix DS_STORE files

These apps are known to open certain types of DS_STORE files. Since many different programs may use DS_STORE files for different purposes, you may need to try a few of the apps to open your specific DS_STORE file.

Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
WinRARWinRARUser submitted
iTunesiTunesUser submitted
Adobe IllustratorAdobe IllustratorUser submitted
Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeUser submitted
IrfanViewIrfanViewUser submitted
Power2GoPower2GoUser submitted
Corel Graphics ApplicationsCorel Graphics ApplicationsUser submitted
Picasa Photo ViewerPicasa Photo ViewerUser submitted
Notepad++Notepad++User submitted
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