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How to Reset Folders to Default Settings on Mac

Oyetoke Tobi - Friday, November 11, 2016

Are you having problem with your Folder default view? Have you ever thought of why you always see .DS_Store files in almost all folders on Mac? And not really sure of what it does or the main function in Mac? Actually, .DS_Store file holds all the custom attributes which is used to sets the look and feel of a particular folder.

So any folder with a .DS_Store file is going to override the defaults view settings regardless of what default folder view options the folder have been set to. This can be very frustrating and annoying for most Mac newbie and some users. The reason is because you don’t know why a folder’s options won’t revert back to the default settings.

Luckily, we’ve got an easy fix you can use to fix. All you need to do is to these .DS_Store files and all of those folders will revert to the default look and feel. So to make it more easier, you have to mass delete or delete them in bulk so as to save your time.

So we’ll a terminal command which is generally used to mass delete a specified file extension like .DS_Store files. However, ensure you enter the exact following command otherwise you could just end up deleting ALL you Mac files by accident.

So open the Terminal app on your Mac.

Then copy and paste or type in the below command line and then press enter:


find ~ -name .DS_Store -delete


After pressing Enter, this will delete all the existing files that have .DS_Store file extension or .DS_Store files inside your Home folder and all subfolders. This may take a few minutes to complete depending on the size of your Home folder.

In case you want to delete the entire .DS_Store files in your hard drive, then you can use the below command line:


find / -name .DS_Store -delete

All you have to do is to just change the “~” to “/” if you want to delete all the entire .DS_Store files in your entire file system.



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