You can set preferences to change the Lightroom user interface.


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. Before you reset your preferences, refer to 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

To restore Lightroom preferences to their default settings, use any one of the following methods:

Method 1: Manually delete the preferences file

  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\


    (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.

  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

  3. Quit and relaunch Lightroom.


For more information on important Lightroom files, see the following links:

Method 2: Use keyboard shortcut

  1. Quit Lightroom.

  2. Mac OS

    Press and hold the Shift + Option + Delete keys.


    Press and hold the Shift + Alt keys.

  3. While holding down the keys, launch Lightroom. The following dialog box appears:

    Restore Lightroom preferences dialog
    (Windows) Restore Lightroom preferences dialog

    Reset Lightroom preferences dialog
    (Mac) Reset Lightroom preferences dialog

  4. Click Yes (Win) or Reset Preferences (Mac) to confirm.

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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