Preference Folder

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Alone2Gether, Mar 3, 2006.

  1. Alone2Gether macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2005
    Hello all, I have a question about the preference folder.
    I was wondering if it is safe to delete all the content in the User's and System's Preference folder. Reason I'm asking is because I uninstalled a lot of old programs that I didn't need anymore and didn't want to keep all the preference files. I could go through the folder and delete the ones that I don't want but there's over 300+ folders in there.
  2. Oryan macrumors 6502a


    Apr 1, 2005
    Lincoln, NE
    Well, I don't think it would be a complete disaster, but deleting entire system folders doesn't sound like a good idea to me. Most applications can recreate their preferences, but everything will be reset to default. But don't take my word for it; I'm sure some more experienced users will be able to tell you for sure.
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    I wouldn't. It'll revert all of your system and application settings to their default. You'll have to reconfigure everything from your email account settings to your Dock items.

    If you do, restart immediately afterwards.
  4. Unorthodox macrumors 65816


    Mar 3, 2006
    Not at the beach...
    Or... you could oh so slowly shift through every single file.
    Preference files don't take up that much space. I wouldn't worry about it. :cool:

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