If you reset your preferences without noting your current catalog's name and location, it can appear that your catalog has disappeared when you restart Lightroom Classic. Before you reset your preferences, refer to Recover catalog and images after resetting preferences, which contains steps to avoid this confusion.
To restore Lightroom Classic preferences to their default settings, use any one of the following methods:
(Mac OS): The user Library file is hidden by default on Mac OS X 10.7 and later. For temporary access to the user Library file, press Option and choose Go > Library in the Finder.
(Windows): The AppData folder is hidden by default. To view it, choose Start > Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Folder Options. In the Advanced area of the View tab, make sure that Show Hidden Files and Folders is selected. Then click OK.
For more information on important Lightroom files, see the following links:
By default, the presets and templates that you create in Lightroom Classic and your catalog are stored at different locations within the user account folder path on your computer. To know the default locations on macOS and Windows, see 'Presets and templates' and 'Catalog' locations in Preference file and other file locations | Lightroom Classic and Lightroom 6 and Preference file and other file locations | Lightroom 5.
If you use a specific catalog on multiple computers, you can choose to store your presets and templates with that catalog. To do so:
- From the menu bar, choose Lightroom Classic (Mac) / Edit (Win) > Preferences.
- In the Preferences dialog, go the Presets tab and select Store Presets With This Catalog.
When you enable the Store Presets With This Catalog option, Lightroom Classic doesn't copy or move your existing presets and templates within the associated catalog folder. Only the new presets and templates that you subsequently create are stored in the 'Lightroom Classic Settings' folder within the catalog folder. Clicking the Show Lightroom Classic Presets Folder (Preferences dialog > Presets tab) now takes you to the catalog folder on your hard drive instead of the default location.
Any new presets or templates that you now create after selecting the Store Presets With This Catalog option will be stored in a new folder named 'Lightroom Classic Setting' created within the associated catalog folder.
The advantage of using this option is that the presets and templates are available in Lightroom Classic when you launch the associated catalog on another computer. These presets and templates include Develop presets, Export presets, External Editor presets, Filename presets, Filter presets, FTP presets, Keyword sets, Label sets, Local Adjustment presets, Metadata presets, Print templates, text templates, Watermarks, and Web templates.
For related information, see the following resources:
- Julieanne Kost's blog post on Storing Presets and Templates with a Catalog.
- Julieanne Kost's video tutorial on how to move a catalog between two computers: How to migrate Lightroom Classic to another computer.