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 StorageGeneral, or Interface.

  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 have space available and work on the photos important to you, even if there is not enough room on your hard drive for all of your photos. You can always view all of 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 Lightroom CC is allowed to use. Originals are always backed up to the cloud. You have the options to store a copy of all originals and smart previews on your computer’s hard drive as well. 

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

Available space on

Clicking the drive name displays your Lightroom CC files in the Explorer (Win) / Finder (Mac).

Required Space

Shows how much disk space is required by the Lightroom CC database files, thumbnail images, as well as Originals and Smart Previews when you enable the options to store a copy of all Smart Previews and Originals locally.

Photo Cache

This is the amount of space reserved for storing Originals and Smart Previews that Lightroom CC manages for you.

Use Photo Cache Size Equal To % Of Your Remaining Disk Space

Enter a desired percentage value to specify how much of your available disk space Lightroom CC is allowed to use. To let Lightroom CC store more copies of your photos locally so that they are readily available for viewing and editing, increase this percentage value. If you prefer to save disk space by downloading the content when you need it, decrease the percentage value.  

Store A Copy Of All Smart Previews Locally

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

Store A Copy Of All Originals At The Specified Location

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

Storage Location For Originals

Specify where Lightroom CC stores your Originals.

  • To change the default location or change the current custom location, click Browse, choose a folder in the (Mac) file picker window/ (Win) Select New Storage Location dialog. The new location is now displayed in the Local Storage preferences.
  • To restore a custom location to the default location, click Reset.

Store originals on a NAS (Network Attached Storage) drive

Introduced in Lightroom CC 1.3 (April 2018 release)

To specify a mapped network drive's path as a storage location for originals, do the following:   

  1. Map the NAS drive on your computer.

    (Windows)

    See Microsoft's support documentation: https://support.microsoft.com/help/4026635/windows-map-a-network-drive

    (Mac)

    See Apple's support documentation: https://support.apple.com/kb/PH25269

    Also see your network drive manufacturer's documentation for additional setup information. Some help resources are provided below:

    Asustor: Windows | Mac

    Buffalo: Windows | Mac

    QNAP: Windows | Mac

    Synology: Windows | Mac

    Western: Windows | Mac

  2. After you've mapped the network drive on your computer, open the preferences dialog in Lightroom CC. 

    Choose Edit > Preferences (Win) or Lightroom CC > Preferences (macOS).

  3. In the preferences dialog, choose Local Storage from the menu at the left.

  4. In Local Storage preferences, click Browse next to the Storage Location For Originals preference and then choose your network drive's path.  

  5. You'll be prompted to restart Lightroom CC to apply the setting you've changed. Click Restart to apply your settings now.

    Lightroom CC quits and relaunches with the updated setting applied. 

General preferences

General preferences in Lightroom CC
General preferences in Lightroom CC

Options

Prevent System Sleep During Sync While Connected To Power

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.

Import

Add Copyright To Imported Images

Adds the specified copyright text to the metadata of images that you import after enabling this option. By default, the copyright text field displays the copyright symbol followed by your account name. If the image already has a copyright metadata, Lightroom CC doesn't overwrite it on import. Also, the images that are already present in Lightroom CC are not affected. You can view the copyright metadata in the Info panel by clicking the () icon at the lower-right corner of the screen.  

Interface preferences

Interface preferences in Lightroom CC
Interface preferences in Lightroom CC

Interface

Language

Choose your preferred language from the drop-down list.

Text Size

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

Panel Tracks

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

Prompts

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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