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Resetting Preferences

It is most unusual to get a problem with Preferences. The file contains the app-installed preference defaults, as subsequently modified. However, if a problem is suspected, a number of things may be tried.

For the non-tech user…

…who doesn't like looking at under-the-hood stuff:

For the more technical user…

…the Preferences are a text file so you can open it in a proper text editing (not a word processor!) and look for any obvious corruption. The file includes the Recently Used Files list and in earlier v5 versions some more exotic filenames/paths caused problems .Deleting the corrupt path listing could normally fix Preferences (assuming no other errors). The latter problem seems to have been resolved in later v5 releases.

If confident using a text editor and if forced to use a new Preferences file, the old file can be viewed/compared and used as a reference to re-apply any desired non-default settings via the Tinderbox Preferences dialog.

Locating the Tinderbox Preferences file

Tinderbox's Preferences files normally normal located at:

~/Library/Preferences/Tinderbox™ Preferences 

From v5.0.2, users wanting to share Preferences between several users of the same Mac may elect to copy/move their Preferences file to:

/Library/Preferences/Tinderbox™ Preferences 

Tinderbox checks the latter folder for a Preferences file and if found, uses it in preference to any local version.

Possible relevant notes (via "Similar Notes" feature):

A Tinderbox Reference File : Install, Uninstall, Support and Registration : Resetting Preferences