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A logo appears with the name .ds_Store and cant be deleted.

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A logo appears with the name .ds_Store and can't be deleted. When trying to delete it add other items to the aps. I need help.
Thanks
Frank
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mac
Expert:  Kamil Anwar replied 1 year ago.

Kamil Anwar :

Hello & Welcome to JustAnswer. My name is XXXXX XXXXX i will do my best to assist you.

Kamil Anwar :

.ds_Store is a file used by mac to store information and the file is usually hidden.

Kamil Anwar :

Can you tell me how did it appear on your dock?

Customer:

I do not know how it appeared.

Kamil Anwar :

Okay. No problem.

Kamil Anwar :

Can you open Terminal from utilites

Customer:

Yes it opened

Kamil Anwar :

Type the exact command as below:

Kamil Anwar :

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles OFF

Kamil Anwar :

Hit Enter

Kamil Anwar :

then Type

Kamil Anwar :

killall Finder

Customer:

It will not let me write but set a line of comments

Customer:

It shows all my defaults

Kamil Anwar :

Can you tell me if the terminal you opened looks like this one in the picture below

Kamil Anwar :

I will post a picture be sure to scroll down using the scroll bar cause sometimes, the scroll bar goes up and you will not be able to see my recent messages in this window.

Kamil Anwar :

Please confirm so i can post the picture

Customer:

I do not see the picture

Kamil Anwar :

Kamil Anwar :

Can you see the picture now?

Customer:

Yes but it does not say welcome

Kamil Anwar :

But is it a window like that?

Customer:

Yes: terminal - tcsh-8024

Kamil Anwar :

Do you see the $ sign?

Kamil Anwar :

Okay.

Kamil Anwar :

What happens when you type?

Customer:

NO

Kamil Anwar :

I do not think what you have opened is the terminal

Kamil Anwar :

Can you open Utilities

Customer:

yes opened

Kamil Anwar :

Can you see the terminal icon there?

Customer:

yes

Kamil Anwar :

Kamil Anwar :

Double Click on the Terminal icon

Customer:

It is opened

Kamil Anwar :

Now type this in terminal

Kamil Anwar :

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles OFF

Customer:

do I start with defaults or after write

Kamil Anwar :

the complete line in bold

Kamil Anwar :

start from defaults

Kamil Anwar :

until OFF

Customer:

done

Kamil Anwar :

now type

Kamil Anwar :

killall Finder

Kamil Anwar :

First hit enter after typing the previous command

Kamil Anwar :

then type killall Finder

Kamil Anwar :

and press Enter again

Customer:

Unexpected argument killall; leaving defaults unchanged

Kamil Anwar :

did you type the command

Kamil Anwar :

killall finder

Kamil Anwar :

exactly ?

Customer:

yes but will a capital F

Kamil Anwar :

type it with small f

Kamil Anwar :

killall finder

Customer:

message

Customer:

no matching processes belonging to you were found

Kamil Anwar :

Now check please if the .ds_Store is still there

Customer:

yes it is still there on the desktop and in the applications

Kamil Anwar :

Please type again:

Kamil Anwar :

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles OFF

Kamil Anwar :

then press Enter

Kamil Anwar :

Let me know what does it says, when you type that.

Customer:

nothing but my name% no files

Kamil Anwar :

now type:

Kamil Anwar :

killall -9 Finder

Customer:

comes back the same

Kamil Anwar :

what does it says? please type exact message here

Customer:

[cpe-065-190=159=117:] frankpeluso%

Customer:

no equals they should be dashes

Kamil Anwar :

Okay. This doesn't indicates any error. Is that file still there?

Customer:

It is now gone from both places -whoopee!!

Kamil Anwar :

Excellent :)

Customer:

Next step?

Kamil Anwar :

That's it.

Kamil Anwar :

We turned off the hidden files.

Customer:

Thank you very much Kamill - what do I do if it returns?

Kamil Anwar :

I dont beleive it would unless something else goes wrong, chances are minimum.

Kamil Anwar :

BUT if it does, you can come back to this question by logging in to justanswer.com

Customer:

Thanks again

Kamil Anwar :

Click on My Questions

Kamil Anwar :

Then open this questions, you can re-read the question for instructions. It will be saved.

Customer:

Where?

Kamil Anwar :

My Questions

Kamil Anwar :

You can also save these two commands

Customer:

I see ~ above

Customer:

Bye?

Kamil Anwar :

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles OFF

killall -9 Finder

Kamil Anwar :

Save these two commands, next time IF it comes, just type those in terminal like you did now.

Kamil Anwar :

If you can take a minute to rate my answer, that will be appreciated. To rate me, you can click on the smiley icon.

Customer:

I saved them and will do....

Kamil Anwar :

Thank you

Customer:

OK

Kamil Anwar :

:)

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