Learn about the preferences that you can set for working in Lightroom CC.
Set preferences for working in Lightroom CC

Adjust preferences in Lightroom CC

  1. To open the preferences dialog, choose Edit > Preferences (Win) or Lightroom CC > Preferences (macOS).

  2. In the preferences dialog, choose any preference set from the menu at the left: Account, Local Storage, or General.

  3. Set the required preferences and click Done.  

  4. You'll be prompted to restart Lightroom CC to apply the settings you've changed. Do any of the following:

    • Click Restart to apply your settings now. Lightroom CC quits and relaunches with the updated settings applied.
    • Click Not Now to keep working in Lightroom. In this case, your changes are applied whenever you launch Lightroom CC next.    

Account preferences

Account preferences in Lightroom CC
Account preferences in Lightroom CC

The Account preference set in the preferences dialog displays the account information for your Adobe ID at the top.

Manage Account

Click to access your Adobe ID account online and manage the account information for your Adobe ID. For example, you can change your password and add a profile picture.

Cloud Storage

Displays the space used by the photos Backed Up in the cloud and the Available Cloud Storage included with your Creative Cloud membership.

Local storage preferences

Lightroom CC intelligently manages your photos for you, so that your photos don’t fill up your hard drive space. This allows you to keep and work with many photos, even if there’s not enough room for all the photos on your hard drive. You can always view all your photos in Lightroom CC, even if the original file is not stored on your hard drive. 

In the Local Storage preferences, you have the option of changing how much of your available disk space is Lightroom CC allowed to use. Originals are always backed up to the cloud. You have an option to store a copy of all originals on your computer’s hard drive as well. 

Local storage preferences in Lightroom CC
Local storage preferences in Lightroom CC

Target Available Disk Space Usage

Set the slider value to a desired amount to specify how much of your available disk space Lightroom CC is allowed to use. To let Lightroom CC retain more content on your computer, increase the target available disk space percentage. If you prefer to save disk space by downloading the content when you need it, decrease the target available disk space percentage.  

Your Lightroom CC Files

Displays your Lightroom CC files in the Explorer (Win) / Finder (Mac).

Set a location for storing the Originals

In the Advanced section, you can specify where Lightroom CC stores your Originals.

  • To change the default location or change the current custom location, click Change Location, choose a folder in the Select New Storage Location dialog, and then click Select Folder. The new location is now displayed in the Advanced section.
  • To restore a custom location to the default location, click Use Default Location.

Store A Copy Of All Originals Locally

Select to always keep all the original files on your computer’s hard drive, in addition to backing them up to the cloud.

General preferences

General preferences in Lightroom CC
General preferences in Lightroom CC



Choose your preferred language from the drop-down list.

Text Size

Choose a preferred text size to display in the Lightroom CC user interface.


Choose the Automatic or Manual option to have the panel tracks open/close automatically or manually.


Prevent System Sleep During Sync

Select this option to prevent your computer from going into the sleep mode when syncing is in progress.     

Use Graphics Processor

Allows Lightroom CC to use a compatible graphics processor (also called a graphics card, video card, or GPU) installed in your computer. To determine your graphics card make and model, click System Info.


Reset All Warning Dialogs And Tips

Click Reset to restore the warning dialogs and tips displayed after you installed Lightroom CC.

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