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I used Dropbox on mac recently and that Synced some files with windows. Now I'm not using a mac anymore and there's a file named ._Icon that refuses to go away. I am not able to delete it, nor am I able to rename it. The error message I get while deleting is The file name you specified is too long or not valid. Here is the directory listing

 Directory of D:\Dropbox

20-03-2012  19:46    <DIR>          .
20-03-2012  19:46    <DIR>          ..
08-01-2012  14:18                29 .dropbox
02-10-2011  13:12           291,232 ._Icon

How do I get rid of this, It's not a very big file but its presence is irritating. Also do we have something like gitignore for Dropbox.

See the offending file shown below This is the file I want to get rid of

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The icon file is named on OSX Icon? and should not get synchronized to Dropbox (as well as the ._-files). Nevertheless the file is there and you should get rid of it.

You can try DelinvFile - Delete Invalid Files and Folders to remove it on Windows7.

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I'd prefer a solution that doesn't need me installing any additional software – nikhil Mar 24 '12 at 18:55

Go to and delete the file from there? It should sync delete them from all computer connected.

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