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Accessing game preferences folders

Posted: Jul 30, 2011
by Aidan
The game preferences folders contain your user files (including any scores and statistics).

Read below for information about renaming or deleting the game preferences folder when problems occur.

Here's the location of the game preferences folders:

Mac OS X Latest Versions for games downloaded through grassgames.com:
  • Go to Finder
  • Hold down the Option Key, then select "Go" then "Library" from the Finder menu
  • Go to the following folders in the window that appears:
    Application Support, GrassGames, <game name>
  • If you don't find the game there then try these folders instead:
    Preferences, GrassGames, <game name>
For games downloaded via the Mac App Store:
  • Go to Finder
  • Hold down the Option Key, then select "Go" then "Library" from the Finder menu
  • Go to the following folders in the window that appears:
    Application Support, Containers, com.grassgames.<game name>, Data, Library, Application Support, GrassGames, <game name>
Mac OS X Snow Leopard and earlier:
  • Go to Finder
  • Select "Go" then "Home" from the Finder menu
  • Go to the following folders in the window that appears:
    Application Support, GrassGames, <game name>
  • If you don't find the game there then try these folders instead:
    Preferences, GrassGames, <game name>
Windows:
  • Double click the "My Computer" icon on your desktop
  • Press the "Alt" key to show the menu
  • Select "Folder Options" from the "Tools Menu"
  • Select "View" then "Advanced Settings"
  • Check the "Show Hidden Files and Folders" option.
  • Close the settings window
  • Go to the following directories:
    Windows XP:
    Local Disk C, Documents and Settings, <your user name>, Application Data, GrassGames, <game name>
    Windows Vista & 7:
    Local Disk C, Users, <your user name>, AppData, Roaming, GrassGames, <game name>
  • When you are finished, you can hide hidden files and folders again by repeating the first 5 steps.

Occasionally it may be necessary to remove or rename these if you are experiencing problems within a game. If you rename them you can undo your changes later by deleting any newly created folder of the same name as the folder you renamed (this gets re-created after you run the game again) , then renaming the renamed folder back to its original name. e.g.:
  • You go to the game preferences folder using the steps above.
  • You find the folder "Solitaire 3D" (we'll use "Solitaire 3D" as an example - replace this with whatever game you are using)
  • You rename the folder to "Solitaire 3D Renamed"
  • You run the game. The game starts up with new users and scores etc, and a new folder "Solitaire 3D" is created.
  • You quit the game, and decide you want your old user files back.
  • You delete the newly created folder "Solitaire 3D".
  • You rename the folder "Solitaire 3D Renamed" back to "Solitaire 3D".
  • Now when you run the game you have your old users and scores etc. back.