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

Adjust preferences in Lightroom

  1. To open the preferences dialog, choose Edit > Preferences (Win) or Lightroom > 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 to apply the settings you've changed. Do any of the following:

    • Click Restart to apply your settings now. Lightroom 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 next.    

Account preferences

Account preferences in Lightroom CC
Account preferences in Lightroom.

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 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, 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 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.

Available space on

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

Required Space

Shows how much disk space is required by the Lightroom 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.

The amount of disk space that Lightroom requires may vary from day to day depending on your activity. Photos and videos that Lightroom considers as active and are likely to be viewed or edited by you, remain on disk longer than other photos. Actions that keep a photo in active status include:

  • Flagging a photo as a Pick or rating it as 4-5 stars.
  • Importing or modifying a photo with Lightroom desktop or Lightroom mobile within the last 15 days.
  • Placing a photo in an album for which you have enabled the option to Store Album Locally.

Photo Cache

This is the amount of space reserved for storing Originals and Smart Previews that Lightroom 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 is allowed to use. To let Lightroom 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 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.


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


    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. 

    Choose Edit > Preferences (Win) or Lightroom > 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 to apply the setting you've changed. Click Restart to apply your settings now.

    Lightroom quits and relaunches with the updated setting applied. 

General preferences

General preferences in Lightroom CC
General preferences in Lightroom.


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 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.


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 doesn't overwrite it on import. Also, the images that are already present in Lightroom 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.  


Enable People View

Deselect this option to disallow Lightroom to analyze photos in the cloud to detect people for People View. When you disable People view, all the existing face model data is deleted from Lightroom servers. Lightroom will no longer analyze new photos that you add and will not automatically group them into clusters in People View. If you have any existing clusters in People View, they are not deleted and remain the same. To know more about People view, see Find and organize photos of people in People view.

Interface preferences

Interface preferences in Lightroom CC
Interface preferences in Lightroom



Choose your preferred language from the drop-down list.

Text Size

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

Panel Tracks

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


Reset All Warning Dialogs And Tips

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