Preference files are involved in many Mac problems, and are often their solution. Using them now isn’t simple: here is some guidance.
Helpful info and advice for all those using recent versions of my more popular free apps and utilities, about security and auto-updates.
The current macOS implementation of preferences is appalling design in every respect, and is essentially undocumented even for developers. Is this the way that macOS is heading?
Have you ever tried removing or editing a preference file, to no effect? This explains why that happens, and how to get changes to work properly.