DS_STORE File - opening and understanding
Did your computer fail to open a DS_STORE file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .DS_STORE files.
What is a DS_STORE file?
A .DS_STORE file is a Mac OS X folder information file. 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.
How to open DS_STORE files
You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension DS_STORE for different purposes.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different DS_STORE openers which you will find listed below.
Suggest another file format using extension DS_STORE
While we know of one file format using the .DS_STORE file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .DS_STORE file.
Various viewers for this file format
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.