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The following function, with just a single parameter, the path to be scanned, will delete thumbs.db and all .DS_store folders included in the specified directory.
Set FSO = CreateObject(“Scripting.FileSystemObject”)
For Each SUBFOLDER In Folder.SubFolders
Set OFOLDER = FSO.GetFOLDER(SUBFOLDER)
Set oFileCollection = OFOLDER.Files
For Each OFILE In oFileCollection
If UCase(OFILE.Name) = “THUMBS.DB” Then
If ucase(SUBFOLDER.Name) = “.DS_Store” Then
What is a .DS_Store file? What does a DS_Store file do?
.DS_Store files are used by Mac OS X to store folder specific metadata information. They are created in every folder that Mac OS X Finder accesses, even network volumes and external devices.
Folder level customizations are stored in the DS_Store file, things like custom icons, icon placement, icon size, window placement, list views, custom background pictures or colors, etc. DS_Store files are intended to be unobtrusive, which is why they have a . (point) in front of their name, which indicates to UNIX file systems that the file is invisible.
Avoid thumbs.db creation (Windows Vista – Windows 7 – Windows 8)
- Click the Start button
- Click on Control Panel
- Click on Folder Options
- Click on the View tab
- Under the Files and Folders section check the button next to “Always show icons, never thumbnails“
- Click on Apply
- Click on OK