Many operations in both the Elements Organizer and Photoshop Elements can be undone or redone. For example, you can restore all or part of an image to its last saved version. Low amounts of available memory limit your ability to use these options.
Undo, redo, or cancel actions
Using the History panel while editing
The History panel (F10 or Window > History) lets you jump to any recent state of the image created during the current work session. Each time you apply a change to pixels in an image, the new state of that image is added to the History panel.
For example, if you select, paint, and rotate part of an image, each of those states is listed separately in the panel. You can then select any of the states, and the image reverts to how it looked when that change was first applied. You can then work from that state.
Actions, such as zooming and scrolling, do not affect pixels in the image and do not appear in the History panel. Nor do program-wide changes, such as changes to panels, color settings, and preferences.
A. Original state B. State C. Selected state
By default, the History panel lists 50 previous states. Older states are automatically deleted to free more memory for Photoshop Elements. You can set the number of states in the application settings (Preferences > Performance > History States). The maximum number of states is 1000.
The original state of the photo is always displayed at the top of the History panel. You can always revert an image to its original state by clicking this top state. Clicking the original state is also handy for comparing before and after versions of your editing.
When you close and reopen the document, all states from the last working session are cleared from the panel.
States are added to the bottom of the list. That is, the oldest state is at the top of the list, the most recent one is at the bottom.
Each state is listed with the name of the tool or command used to change the image.
Selecting a state dims the subsequent states (steps that were performed after the selected step). This way you can easily see which changes will be discarded if you continue working from the selected state.
Selecting a state and then changing the image eliminates all states that came after it. Likewise, deleting a state deletes that state and all states (edits) after it.
To set the keyboard command for Step Forward and Step Backward, choose Edit > Preferences > Generalin Windows (Photoshop Elements > Preferences > General in Mac), and choose from the Step Back/Fwd menu.
- To delete a state, click the name of the state, and choose Delete from the History panel menu. States following the one you selected are also deleted.
- To delete the list of states from the History panel, without changing the image, choose Clear History from the panel menu or choose Edit > Clear > Clear History. Clearing is useful for freeing up memory, especially if you get an alert that Photoshop Elements is low on memory.
Clearing the History panel cannot be undone.
Clear memory used by the clipboard and the History panel
- To clear memory used by the Undo History panel, choose Edit > Clear > Clear History or choose Clear History from the History panel flyout menu.
- To clear the memory used in both the clipboard and the History panel simultaneously, choose Edit > Clear > All.
Clearing the History panel or clipboard cannot be undone.
Restore default preferences
Preference settings control how Photoshop Elements displays images, cursors, and transparencies, saves files, uses plug‑ins and scratch disks, and so on. If the application exhibits unexpected behavior, the preferences file may be damaged. You can restore all preferences to their defaults.
Deleting the preferences file is an action that cannot be undone.
Do one of the following:
- Press and hold Alt+Control+Shift (Mac: Option+Command+Shift) immediately after Photoshop Elements begins launching. Click Yes to delete the Adobe Photoshop Elements settings file.
- Go to Edit > Preferences (Mac: Photoshop Elements > Preferences > General), click the Reset Preferences on next launch button, and then click OK. When you restart Adobe Photoshop Elements, all preferences are reset to default settings.
A new preferences file is created the next time you start Photoshop Elements. For information on a specific preference option, search for the preference name in Help.
Redisplay disabled warning messages
In certain situations, messages containing warnings or prompts are displayed. You can disable the display of these messages by selecting the Don’t Show Again option in the message. You can also reset the messages you’ve disabled at a later time.