How To Backup Your ScanSnap Profile Settings (On The Mac)


So you’ve finally disabled Quick Menu and you’ve gotten all your ScanSnap Manager Profiles set up. Now you want to make sure that you don’t lose it all.

This will be a two part post, first starting with the Mac. Windows will come soon.

I won’t get too technical, but your settings are stored in something called a Property List file (plist). What you want to do is back up that file and keep it somewhere safe.

Here is where it is:

  • In Finder go to your Home directory
  • Click on Library
  • Click on Preferences
  • Scroll down and you will see a bunch of files that start with blah blah. The one you want is called V10L10.plist (that V10L10 might be different for you. Not sure what that signifies exactly)


If you want to see what is in it and you are in Leopard, highlight it and hit the space bar. Quick Look will open up.

Back up that file and you should have your settings saved if disaster strikes. It might even be good for migrating your ScanSnap settings to another machine, though I have not tried that yet.

Let me know if this trick does end up helping some day.

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9 Responses to “How To Backup Your ScanSnap Profile Settings (On The Mac)”

  1. noddy67 April 5, 2010 at 4:11 pm #

    Thanks for the workthrough. Do you happen to know if there is any way to set up subfolders in the scansnap profile manager?

    • BrooksD April 8, 2010 at 10:56 pm #

      Hi noddy67, I don't think so. The best you can do is use some sort of naming convention.

  2. Toby November 16, 2010 at 7:34 pm #

    Moving the file to another mac works beautifully. Thank you for the tip.

  3. BrooksD November 16, 2010 at 7:39 pm #

    Nice, thanks for letting us know Toby! (Thanks for the post too :) ).

  4. SteveP December 22, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    PROBLEM: Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks creates cache for every plist file.

    I installed ScanSnap Manager software on a new Mac Mini (Mac OS 10.9).

    Then I copied the file from my old Mac Mini (also running Mac OS 10.9) to the new Mac Mini: [user] > Library > Preferences.

    And still, ScanSnap Manager continued to use default settings installed with the software. If I made any changes to profiles as a test, it would show those new changes, but would not show my old list of profiles (which I had invested a lot of time to set-up exactly the way I like it).

    If you Google "Mac OS 10.9 plist cache" you can get advice for replacing plist files in most apps.


    Here's a procedure that worked for me:

    1) Quit the ScanSnap Manager app.

    2) Copy and replace the preferences file:

    3) Shut down your Mac.

    4) Start your Mac and signin (if you don't have auto signing)

    5) ScanSnap Manager usually launches automatically. When it does, you should see profiles copied from the other Mac.


    Shut down and re-boot may not be necessary. You may only need to sign-out as the user. I didn't test this because I had already wasted an hour trying to solve the problem. At least we know shut down and start up works.

    Good luck.

    Many thanks to BrooksD for the original post. It gave me info I needed to find the ScanSnap Manager preference file in Mac OS.

    • BrooksD December 22, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

      Thanks SteveP! Will have to play around on Mavericks.

  5. Philippe Doyle Gray December 26, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    This does not seem to be valid any more as at December 2013 on Mac OS X Mountain Lion. Any suggestions?

  6. Matt Roberson November 26, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

    I believe that a Restart is indeed required. I tried multiple times by logging out of my account, but it didn’t work until I restarted. (I copied the plist from a Mac running Lion (10.7) to one running Yosemite (10.10).)

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