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Finding old Safari bookmarks from TimeMachine copy. How?

After a clean reinstall of Mavericks put in by the Apple Genius Bar for me, I used the copy of other programs I had made previously with TimeMachine. On my account on our 2009 MBPro the old Safari bookmarks emerged as if by magic. On my wife's separate account (just a user account, not a full partition) no such luck.
How do I find her bookmarks on the TimeMachine copied storage hard disk?

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Re: safari bookmarks

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re Safari p.list and your Lion method

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Thank you. I tried to check the posts on CNET forums on this issue going back to 2010. I did not google generally for it so did not find that old reference to the Apple Lion OS you've come up with from 2012. From my experience in those days a lot more was visible of the OS back then than is actually visible now with Mavericks. Apple tends to hide a lot of the OS nowadays. I used to find that sort of thing easily enough in former days.
However I'll go and look again and see if I can't find the p.list in Mav.
I also remain mystified as to how Safari automatically put in the bookmarks on my account but not on my wife's, where of course the bookmarks (and if still valid the p-list) were and had to be different. Certainly I did not find and reinstall any p.list to enable Safari to reput in MY bookmarks. It did so nonetheless.

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search for .plist

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I would add that just now doing a search for bookmarks.plist on the machine led me to find three copies of Safari bm.plists that I had placed in a special bookmarks file back in 2010 when I transferred the bookmarks deliberately using the old plist system from an old machine to this one . You see I was well aware of the existence of those lists back then and used the method.

Today's search did not turn up any present valid plists used by my present Safari 9.0.2 (if indeed Safari still uses such lists. Under the old OS it would have done so.) The lost bookmark list would have included those old ones plus lots of newer ones from 2010-2015 added to them and updated with newer Safaris to whatever system or list methods Safari may use nowadays.

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Sorry for giving this old, incorrect answer.

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If no better answer comes here, and you can't find it by just adding a bookmark to your safari and search for it on the hard disk or by doing a better Google search, all I can suggest is to ask in Apples own forums.

Kees

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