How to Hide the DS_Store Icon on Your Mac Desktop

It’s not possible to completely get rid of .DS_Store on your Mac’s desktop if you still want to be able to view hidden files in the Finder, but here’s a way to make .DS_Store a little less annoying.

First, right-click in the middle of the square below. A menu will appear. Then, choose ‘Copy Image’. (This will copy a transparent PNG file to your clipboard.)

transparent png
Right-click in the middle of the square above.
right-click select copy image
Select the “Copy Image” option in the menu.
right-click .ds_store select Get Info
Right-click the .DS_Store icon on your desktop and select ‘Get Info’ from the menu.
when icon selected border around
An info panel will appear. Press ‘tab’ once or click on the white icon in the top/left corner of the window to highlight the icon.
press tab once click white highlight icon
Once highlighted, paste the image that is in your clipboard press Command+V.
ds_store icon goes transparent
The .DS_Store icon goes transparent.
ds store is now transparent on desktop of mac
Deselect the icon on your desktop and you’ll then only see the icon label.

This tutorial was adapted from


9 thoughts on “How to Hide the DS_Store Icon on Your Mac Desktop

  1. Sweet! Thank you! This has been bothering ever since enabling hidden files. Wish I could hide it entirely just on the Desktop, but this works!

  2. Thanks for this. 🙂 After making the icon transparent, you can drag it to the bottom of your screen so that the text is just off screen too!

    1. oh and the instructions didn’t work exactly, but I just clicked on the icon itself in the preferences menu and pasted over that.

  3. Thanks for the tip! Fortunately there’s a way of “completely hiding” the file from the desktop. Once you set the icon as a transparent img just drag the file to the edge of the desktop – this will hide the “DS_Store” text to the side…

    1. I got one even better! I don’t know about other OS, but in Yosemite, you can choose the label position (between bottom and right). After using this invisible icon, choose right side label, and drag icon to right edge somewhere. VOILA! Invisible. (^_^)

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