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what is a .plist file?


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Hello,

I have some files on my computer in my user/safari folder : bookmarks.plist, history.plist. I would like to know if anyone out there knows what these files are and how i can view them. I've tried stuffit, but to no avail.

I'd be very grateful for any info supplied.

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.plist files are the Mac version of preference files. Similar to .ini files on Windows. They contain the perferences for a particular program. For example the bookmarks.plist would contain your bookmarks.

Most of them are kept in Library/Preferences.

You can open them with TextEdit or if you've installed the developer tools you can use the plist editor.

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many thanks. simple when u know how.
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Can they be deleted?
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Can they be deleted?
Yes, they'll regenerate at next boot or use of the application. That being said, it will require setting things up again as your customizations are gone . It's useful when having odd program or OS issues actually (such as a network interface that won't connect etc)

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Yes, they'll regenerate at next boot or use of the application. That being said, it will require setting things up again as your customizations are gone . It's useful when having odd program or OS issues actually (such as a network interface that won't connect etc)

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There appears to be very little in the way of ticked, or filled boxes, in most of my plists. Can I just tick boxes that I think will, for example, re activate audio on my Mac?
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Generally you need to tick the appropriate boxes from within the preference area of a program. Is that what you mean or are you referring to actually editing the ,plist file?

I suggest starting another thread and describing the audio problem you are having. That's probably the best way to troubleshoot it.

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I doubt that a plist file is to blame for inactive audio. Can you be more specific about your issue?

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