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    .ds store file
    Probably a silly question but here goes.

    I have a .ds_store text file that keeps appearing on my desktop. It never used to exist and I don 't know what I did for it to have mysteriously appeared. If I drag it to the trash can it pops up again in less time than it takes to say "Welcome to Jamaica and have a nice day"

    Can someone please tell me how to get rid of it? please......
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    Normally a file that starts with a "." is invisible. You must have set your computer to show invisible files.

    the .ds_store file will be in a lot of folders on your system. It simply holds the information about how to display the folder in the finder, if there's a background color or picture and stuff like that. That's just how Mac os works. It'll always be there, just normally you can't see it.

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    Ok so how do I hide them again?
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    Type this into the terminal.

    defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles NO

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    Or if you'd rather not use Terminal, launch MainMenu (or OnyX) and ask for hiding invisible files.

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    Apple just sent me this link to remove or hide the file & it worked great!
    http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/view...nalId=tn_16831
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