2.5  Changing Your Setup

Many users, especially switchers from older versions of Microsoft Windows, are in the habit of uninstalling and reinstalling an app if the app is not behaving as expected.  This doesn’t usually solve the problem in macOS, because macOS smartly keeps your data and applications separate.  So if you reinstall the app, it will still be using your same data.  What you want to do is move or remove the relevant data.  With BookMacster, the relevant data is your Bookmarkshelf Document files.

Removing Preferences files is also popular.  BookMacster has Preferences, but they are straightforward in BookMacster and not likely to cause confusion.  Also, starting with 10.9, macOS caches preferences, and removing the file will have unpredictable results.

This section explains better methods for changing your setup.

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2.5.1  The Reset Button

If you would like to change how BookMacster is configured, click in the menu: File > Reset and Start Over.  If you then follow through and click the button, this will remove all remove all BookMacster documents and data, reset most preferences, and then present the New User Setup window so you can start over.  Because your doucments will be trashed, you should only do this if any bookmarks that you want to keep are currently stored in another app or file.  Typically, your bookmarks are in a web browser app such as Safari.  After you Reset and Start Over, you can re-import them to a new document.

The documents and data removed are…

Reset and Start Over will not change any of the internal bookmarks currently in your web browsers.  Also, it will not delete the logs you see in menu > BookMacster > Logs, and will not uninstall Browser Extensions.  The idea is to keep the working infrastructure in place.  Browser Extensions can be uninstalled with menu > BookMacster > Manage Browser Extensions.

The few preferences not reset include cosmetic settings in Preferences > Appearance.  Any License (registration) Information is also preserved.

You’ve now down to “scratch” and are ready to start over.

2.5.2  Locating Your Bookmarkshelf Document

Sometimes it helps to just know where the document whose window you are looking at is located on your hard drive.  This little trick works in any document-based Mac app.  Hold down the ⌘ key while clicking its title at the top of the window…

You will see a menu showing the file path of the document, like this…

In this example, I am using the Dropbox Online File Syncing Service.  My-Bookmarks.bkmslf is in a folder named Dropbox, which is my “Dropbox” folder.  It is located in my home (jk) folder.

2.5.3  Moving Your Bookmarkshelf Document

If you need to move your Bookmarkshelf Document file, click in the menu File > Save To… ( or Save As Move… if you have macOS 10.7 or earlier).