Mac Tip: When apps don't remember the size and position of their windows

App does not remember window size and position

It rarely happens, but if you have an app that has window amnesia it can drive you crazy. Again and again, after starting the program, you have to drag the window sizes and positions as you need them for your work.

A program on the Mac keeps opening the window in the wrong position? Then I have the solution for this window amnesia.

A program on the Mac keeps opening the window in the wrong position? Then I have the solution for this window amnesia.

Deleting the presets can help

The reason why an app cannot remember the window positions and sizes is very likely due to a corrupt file in which this information is normally stored.

However, due to the corruption, the Mac cannot write to it, which is why it cannot back up the data after exiting the app.

If you delete this defective settings file, the software will create a new one, which should usually fix the problem.

Via the Finder menu "Go to" you can go directly to the Preferences folder and search for the corresponding plist file.

Via the Finder menu "Go to" you can go directly to the Preferences folder and search for the corresponding plist file.

Find and delete .plist files

So what we are looking for is a settings file from the affected program. MacOS usually saves the default settings in so-called property lists, which have the file extension “.plist”.

Fortunately, there is a folder on the Mac that collects these files, so we should be able to find the right one relatively easily. There may be exceptions, but the first port of call is this folder:

~ / Library / Preferences /

To get into this, press the key combination CMD + SHIFT + G in the Finder or select the menu "Go to" and in it the option "Go to folder ...".

Enter this path in the following window:

~ / Library / Preferences /

Now you are in the folder with the preferences and in the Finder window you can enter the beginning of the program name you are looking for in the upper right corner and then limit the search to the “Preferences” folder in the line below so that the entire Mac is not searched .

As an example, I showed it in Photoshop in the screenshot. Now make sure that the app, which cannot remember the window data, is closed and move the plist file to the trash.

In this example I was looking for Photoshop's plist file.

In this example I was looking for Photoshop's plist file.

The test: does the app now remember the window positions?

That should end the ghost. To check this, open the app, move your windows to the places you prefer and close the app again. The next time you open the windows, they should appear in their last positions.

If you cannot find the corresponding plist file for your program, please post your problem with a mention of the app in the Sir Apfelot Forum. We may find out where the file is hidden.

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