Mac-Windows Bug Fix: Disable .ds_store Files

If you’re using Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and experience system freezes or stalls when accessing files on Windows-based servers, you may need to stop your computer from saving hidden .ds_store files on the server.

For more information on this issue, see Apple’s support page at http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1629

Here’s how to do it:

You can stop your Mac from saving the hidden files with some command line magic, but it’s much easier to use Marcel Bresink’s free TinkerTool utility  instead. In addition to disabling .ds_store files on servers, it can also control other hidden settings such as:

  • Enable and disable login items
  • Change the default format of screenshots
  • Deactivate Dashboard
  • Reveal invisible files
  • Add an Eject button to the menu bar for optical discs
  • Assign keyboard shortcuts to menu items
  • Display double-arrows at both ends of every window’s scroll bars
  • Change system fonts
  • Enhance your control over font smoothing
  • Block changes to the Dock
  • Disable the Finder’s Shutdown option
  • and much more…

TinkerTool can also enable hidden features in Apple applications such as iTunes and Safari.

Thankfully, TinkerTool it also has a “reset” button to reset all features to their default Mac OS X state.