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Document 1001

Locating the profile directory for SWP, SW, or SNB when using Windows or OS X

Version: 6 - Scientific WorkPlace, Scientific Word, & Scientific Notebook
Windows, Macintosh OS X

Where is the profile directory located?

Windows

The profile directory can be different for different versions of Windows and also different for local or network log in. A reliable way to locate the profile directory is to use %appdata%, a predefined Windows variable that contains the root for the profile directory. Start Windows Explorer by using the Start Menu and clicking Computer (or My Computer, depending on the particular version of Windows). In the address bar enter %appdata% and press Enter. Windows Explorer will update to show the root of the profile directory, typically a directory like C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming where <user> is the name of the currently logged in user. Below this directory will be SWP, SW, or SNB for Scientific WorkPlace, Scientific Word, or Scientific Notebook, respectively. The next level is the directory Profiles and below that the actual profile directory that uses a name like cgwomvzy.default. The final directory name is automatically created the first time you start the program. So, the complete directory name will be something like:
C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\SWP\Profiles\cgwomvzy.default

Macintosh OS X

The profile folder is located below ~/Library/Application Support. Below this folder will be SWP, SW, or SNB for Scientific WorkPlace, Scientific Word, or Scientific Notebook, respectively. The next level is the directory Profiles and below that the actual profile directory that uses a name like pu0nd1yk.default. The final folder name is automatically created the first time you start the program. So, the complete directory name will be something like:
~/Library/Application Support\SWP\Profiles\pu0nd1yk.default

Apple made the user library folder hidden by default with the 10.7 and later releases of OS X. To locate the profile folder, go to Finder and choose Go > Go to Folder, type ~/Library and click Go. You can then follow through to the lower level folders with the names described above.

Added 06/08/15

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