Remove Mac DS_Store And Other Junk Files From Windows With DOT Delete


You might’ve noticed that Mac file system copies a bunch of files like .DS_Store to any folder that is accessed. Deleting such files off your USB or external storages is one tedious job in Windows, as each file has to be removed cautiously to prevent loss of important files and documents. If you feel such nuisance frequently while porting data back & forth between Mac and Windows, we reckon using DOT Delete – an application for Windows which require users to simply drag & drop the folder which has been accessed on Macintosh to remove junk off it. It is programmed to find all Mac files which are not needed, such as,  .DS_Store, ._support, ._icons, ._DWSearchFieldSupport and so on.

All you need to do is to launch the application and drop folders over the defined area. It will start finding files which are not needed and are unusable on Windows. Once the process is finished, it will display the list of files which are to be deleted. Before deleting, it is recommended to verify the list to make sure no important files and documents are included.

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Below you can watch a brief tutorial video.

It has been tested on Windows 7 but also works on both Windows XP and Windows Vista.

Download DOT Delete

For more, also have a look at FolderWasher.

  • zaetzeatez

    What I usually do is go to the command line and do this:

    C:\> del /s /q /f /a:h .DS_STORE

    Works just fine

    • Yes, this is a good method but what about all the other useless junk files? Will you manually delete them as well? This app deletes more than just .DS_Store files.

  • fadmcrank

    “… while porting data back & forth between Mac and Windows…”

    If your moving between, or using both OS, that frequently, I would suggest you leave them in place. Since they will be rebuilt each time you swap, it will become much more of a nuisance if you start to use this program!

    They are a bit ugly to look at, but not at all that bothersome; I just leave them alone.

  • Mr P-Nut

    ^ Yawn.

  • phil

    The application doesn’t work for me on Windows 7. I can’t drop any folder on the area.

    • phil

      Nevermind. For some odd reason it works now. I’ve restart the app multiple times and it’s find.

      Will this find Google Chrome pref files if I would drop the program folder for example?