Many users very happily use the ScanSnap Quick Menu to do their scanning. It is certainly an easy way to scan. However, if you want to be more efficient with your scanning, you may want to look into setting up ScanSnap Profiles.
A Profile is a pre-defined group of ScanSnap settings.. Once you set them up, you want to make sure they are backed up, and if you need to move to a new computer, you’ll want to know how to move your ScanSnap Manager Profiles with you.
Here’s how to backup and move your ScanSnap Manager Profiles on the Mac:
Backup ScanSnap Profiles On Mac
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’s how to find it:
First, go to the Finder.
Next, choose Go on the top menu and choose Go to Folder….
A window will pop up. Enter the following folder to go to:
Scroll down and you will see a bunch of files that start with jp.co.pfu…
The one you want is called jp.co.pfu.ScanSnap.V10L10.plist
You’ll want to make sure that entire Preferences folder is included in your backup, but that file is the one that contains your ScanSnap Manager Profiles.
Copying ScanSnap Profiles To A New Mac Computer
Note: You can mess up your computer by playing around in the ~Library/Preferences folders. Make sure you have a backup before you do this.
To move your ScanSnap Manager Profiles to a new Mac, do the following:
- Make sure ScanSnap Manager is not running on either computer
- Copy jp.co.pfu.ScanSnap.V10L10.plist from the old computer to the new computer’s Preferences folder.
- Start ScanSnap Manager on the new computer and disable Quick Menu. Your profiles should be there.
If your profiles dont show up, I’ve had reports that plist files can be cached. Try rebooting your computer. I didn’t have to do this, but users in the comments below did.
If you want more help with your ScanSnap setup, you might be interested in my Unofficial ScanSnap Setup Guide. Many people have found it helpful.
This article was originally written in December 2008. It was updated in July 2015.