DS_STORE file format description

DS_STORE file format

We made this page to help you understand how to work with DS_STORE files. Here, you can find info on software that can handle these files. It includes simple programs for opening and converting them.

Learn about the DS_STORE file and its functions here!

We also explain how to convert them into other types. It's simple and hassle-free. For opening or changing DS_STORE files, this page offers all the tools you need.

#1 Mac OS X Folder Settings

The DS_STORE file is categorized under Data. It is associated with Mac OS X, serving as a Mac OS X Folder Settings. DS_Store is a hidden file created by Mac OS X operating system to store custom attributes of a folder such as the position of icons or the choice of a background image. Visit the website of Mac OS X for a detailed description of the DS_STORE format.

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Mac OS X Folder Settings related extensions

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Windows can't open your DS_STORE file?

When you try to open a file by double-clicking it, Windows looks at the file's name to figure out what to do. If Windows doesn't know the file type, it'll ask you to choose an app to open this DS_STORE file.

To set the DS_STORE file association in Windows 11, you can follow these steps

  1. Open the Settings app by clicking on the Start menu and selecting the gear icon.
  2. In the Settings app, click on System and then select Apps from the left-hand side menu.
  3. Scroll down and click on the Default apps option.
  4. In the Default apps section, you will find various categories. They include Email, Web browser, and Music player.
  5. Locate the category that matches the file type you want to associate. For example, choose Photos for image files, or Video player for video files.
  6. Click on the current default app listed under the category. A list of available apps will appear.
  7. Choose the app you want to set as the default for that file type. If the app you want is not listed, click on More apps to see more options. Or, click on Look for an app in the Microsoft Store to search for apps.
  8. After selecting the app, it will become the default choice for opening files of that type.

It's worth mentioning that you don't always need to set DS_STORE file association. Many apps can open files. They don't need a specific file association to be set.

Handle DS_STORE files with care

Exercise caution when handling DS_STORE files from unknown sources. Files from certain sources can threaten your computer's security. They might contain malware, viruses, or harmful software. To minimize risks, avoid downloading or opening unfamiliar DS_STORE files. Use trusted antivirus software to scan files from unknown sources before opening.

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