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Remove a custom prefs pane that won't vanish System
After updating to Mac OS X 10.2 from 10.1.5, I decided to remove MouseZoom since the new mouse control panel seemed to accelerate my mice satisfactorily. Unfortunately, even though I deleted the MouseZoom.prefpane file from my hard disk, the MouseZoom icon still appeared in my System Preferences window, even after restarting.

Ben Hines, MouseZoom's developer pointed me in the right direction by suggesting that a cache file existed somewhere that might be causing the problem. I quickly found such a file does exists here:
I simply deleted the above file and then reopened the System Preferences window and voila, the MouseZoom icon was gone. Yay!

I hope this can help others who run into similar problems with 3rd party prefpanes that won't dissapear after uninstalling them. I have only tested this with Mac OS X 10.2, but I suspect this problem and solution may also apply to previous versions of Mac OS X.
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Authored by: kkthompson on Aug 27, '02 07:17:03PM

Thank goodness. I had lots of other weirdness in my panels after updating to 10.2 (two Internet icons, no Accounts icon). This fixed it all.

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Authored by: ken_arciga on Oct 04, '02 12:39:38AM

That's funny - I had two "accounts" panes and no Internet pane! Thanks for this tip, I was really banging my head on this one!

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Authored by: lebowski on Oct 04, '02 04:32:44AM

Great tip!

Last night i suddenly found myself with 2 Internet Preference panes. i searched everywhere but couldn't find a duplicate. So i figured it was just a cache file, but which one???

Well thanks again for the tip.


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