You can set preferences to change the Lightroom user interface.

IMPORTANT: If you reset your preferences without noting your current catalog name and location, it can appear that your catalog has disappeared when you restart Lightroom. Before you reset your preferences, refer to this Recover catalog and images after resetting preferences, which contains steps to avoid this confusion.

Open the Preferences dialog box

  • On Windows, choose Edit > Preferences.
  • On Mac OS, choose Lightroom > Preferences.

Restore preferences to default settings

  1. Navigate to the following location:

    Mac OS

    /Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/

    Windows 7 and 8

    Users\[user name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Lightroom\Preferences\

  2. Drag the following file to the Recycle Bin (Windows) or to the Trash (Mac OS):

    Mac OS

    com.adobe.Lightroom5.plist or com.adobe.Lightroom6.plist


    Lightroom 5 Preferences.agprefs or Lightroom 6 Preferences.agprefs


See Preference file and other file locations | Lightroom 5 for more information on important Lightroom files.

Reset presets to their original settings

  • In the Presets Preferences, click any of the Restore buttons in the Lightroom Defaults area.

Restore prompts you chose not to display

  • In the General Preferences, click Reset All Warning Dialogs in the Prompts area.

Change the interface font size or the panel end marker

  • In the Interface Preferences, choose options from the Panels menus.

Change the language setting

Lightroom can display menus, options, and tool tips in multiple languages.

  1. Choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Lightroom > Preferences (Mac OS).
  2. In the General tab, choose a language from the Language pop-up menu.
  3. Close Preferences and restart Lightroom.

The new language takes effect the next time you start Lightroom.

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