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Have you ever had trouble finding an application's preference file? It isn't always easy, as the name of the .plist file sometimes isn't even close to the app's name. Here's an easy way to make it show itself.

Open the /Library/Preferences folder in your user account. (In Lion or later, from the Desktop, hold down the Option key and select Go > Library to access your user account.) Set the window to list view, then click the Date Modified tab at the top so they are listed by the newest files first.

Some apps will update their .plist file every time you use the program. Otherwise, open the app and make any type of change in its preferences and save. Go back to the Preferences window and see which .plist file jumps to the top of the list.

[kirkmc adds: Good common sense. I've used this many times over the years, and I couldn't find it in past hints.]
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An alternative method...
Authored by: bryguy on Nov 14, '12 10:14:09AM
I use an app like AppZapper or AppCleaner to identify an application's supporting files. Just make sure not to delete the app if that's not your intention ;)

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Find a .plist file for a specific application
Authored by: Lri on Nov 14, '12 12:56:30PM

It doesn't work with sandboxed applications though. This would also search in ~/Library/Containers/:

mdfind -name $(osascript -e 'id of app "TextEdit"').plist -onlyin ~/Library


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Find a .plist file for a specific application
Authored by: David Allen on Nov 14, '12 06:47:29PM

Strange that this shows up in two locations the same day!

Track Down an Apps Preference File Easily By Watching Modifications
http://osxdaily.com/2012/11/14/find-changing-app-preference-file-plist-easily-os-x/

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Find a .plist file for a specific application
Authored by: kirkmc on Nov 14, '12 09:46:57PM

Not really, they just copied it from here (and give a link back to the hint at the end of their story).

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Find a .plist file for a specific application
Authored by: mvgfr on Nov 17, '12 06:27:46AM

Even better, check out fseventer:

http://www.fernlightning.com/doku.php?id=software:fseventer:start

Very handy for seeing what's getting modified (no matter where it lives) and specifically what is modifying it..

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Find a .plist file for a specific application
Authored by: sojourner on Nov 26, '12 10:22:05PM
For easily finding plists and editing, I use (donation ware) Pref Setter. I don't know if it works with Mountain Lion, and it's probably not useful if you're just looking for plist files to delete them.

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