- File type: Mac OS X Folder Settings
- Extension: DS_Store
DS or Desktop Services Store used by the Mac OS X Operating System platform is widely attributed with the creation of the DS_STORE file extension.
This specific format which is specific to the Macintosh environment is used for storing folder settings and viewing preferences of the user.
This file contains information regarding:
- The location of the folder’s window,
- The size of the window,
- View options that have been defined by the user (like column, list, or icons),
- And the specific layout of the icons in the window.
This file type normally has a hidden property but can become visible when it is copied across networks, restored from backup files, or transferred to a Windows based computer system.
When the DS_STORE is deleted (whether intentionally or accidentally) the data contained in the folder will not be affected.
However, when the system cannot detect the presence of the DS_STORE file extension from within the folder, the Finder application will resort to the default settings for viewing opened folders.
It is safe to delete it?
This is a system file so it is better not to delete it.