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How to Delete Preferences on macOS

When Not To Delete

Preferences files are tiny. Well behaved applications use a few millionths of a dollar of disk space for preferences. Nobody needs to delete a preferences file to recover disk space.

Fix Problems With Misbehaving Apps

If an application crashes 3 times in a very short time macOS may ask if it should delete the preferences file.

You may do so, but you might need to reenter your license code afterwards if it is for an application you bought.

Delete Preferences Manually

  1. Switch To Finder.
  2. Hold down the option-key and pick Library from the Go menu
    Go To The Library Menu Go To The Library Menu
  3. Open the Preferences folder inside.
  4. Find the preferences you wish to delete, and drag it to the trash or your desktop. Most are named like "com.company-name.application-name.plist" so you can see which application it belongs to.

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