Where are the prefs in System Preferences located?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Caleb531, May 12, 2010.

  1. Caleb531 macrumors 6502

    Caleb531

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    #1
    I'm not talking about the System Preferences app itself, I'm talking about the settings within the app. So for instance, the security settings, and the mouse settings, energy saver, etc.

    Where can I find the settings files on my Mac so I can back them up?
     
  2. Mal macrumors 603

    Mal

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    Orlando
    #2
    /Library/Preferences
    and
    ~/Library/Preferences (the ~ represents your user folder).

    They'll have names like com.apple.***.plist, with the *** representing the name of the preference pane generally, though not always exactly. Usually you can identify them pretty easily by the name though.

    jW
     
  3. Caleb531 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Caleb531

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    #3
    Thanks. I've been looking in the user prefs folder, but I forgot about the main one (in the top Library folder).
     
  4. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    #4
    I'd say not frequently. Here's what I found in my Home Folder:

    /Users/MyUserName/Library/Preferences/com.apple.systempreferences.plist
    /Users/MyUserName/Library/Preferences/com.apple.dashboard.plist
    /Users/MyUserName/Library/Preferences/com.apple.SoftwareUpdate.plist
    /Users/MyUserName/Library/Preferences/com.apple.soundpref.plist
    /Users/MyUserName/Library/Preferences/com.apple.systemsound.plist
     

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