Preference file locations | Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements

Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements have various preferences files. The following is a detailed list of their locations.


Photoshop Elements preferences

Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Application data\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\{version number}\Editor

Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10: C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\{version number}\Editor

Premiere Elements preferences

Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Application Data\Adobe\Premiere Elements\{version number}

Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10: C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Premiere Elements\{version number}

Elements Organizer preferences

Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Application Data\Adobe\Elements Organizer\{version number}\Organizer

Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10: C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Elements Organizer\{version number}\Organizer

Elements Organizer Catalogs (default location)

Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adobe\Elements Organizer\Catalogs

Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10: C:\ProgramData\Adobe\Elements Organizer\Catalogs

Note: The Application Data/AppData folder on Windows is hidden. To find it, see Show hidden files, folders, filename extensions

Mac OS

Photoshop Elements

/Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/com.adobe.PhotoshopElements.plist

/Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop Elements {version number} Paths

Folder: /Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop Elements {version number} Settings

Adobe Premiere Elements

/Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/com.Adobe.Premiere Elements.{version number}.plist

/Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/com.adobe.Adobe Premiere Elements.framework.plist

/Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/com.Adobe.Premiere Elements-{version number}.plist

/Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/com.Adobe.ASWrapper Server.{version number}.plist


/Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe/Premiere Elements/{version number}

/Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe/Premiere Elements {version number}

/Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe/Adobe ASWrapper Server/{version number}


/Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/com.Adobe.Elements Organizer.{version number}.plist

/Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/com.adobe.photodownloader.plist


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

/Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe/CAHeadless/{version number}

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

NOTE: The user library folder on Mac 10.7 and later is hidden. To find it, see Access hidden user library files | Mac OS 10.7 and later

Restore default preferences

Preference settings control how Photoshop Elements Editor displays images, cursors, and transparencies, saves files, uses plug‑ins and scratch disks, and so on. If the application exhibits unexpected behavior, the preferences file could be damaged. You can restore all preferences to their defaults.

Note: Deleting the preferences file is an action that cannot be undone.

Do one of the following:

  • Press and hold Alt+Control+Shift (Mac: Option+Command+Shift) immediately after Photoshop Elements begins launching. Click Yes to delete the Adobe Photoshop Elements settings file.
  • Go to Edit > Preferences (Mac: Photoshop Elements > Preferences > General), click the Reset Preferences on next launch button, and then click OK. When you restart Adobe Photoshop Elements, all preferences are reset to default settings.

A new preferences file is created the next time you start Photoshop Elements Editor. For information on a specific preference option, search for the preference name in Help.

Redisplay disabled warning messages

In certain situations, messages containing warnings or prompts are displayed. You can disable the display of these messages by selecting the Don’t Show Again option in the message. You can also reset the messages you’ve disabled at a later time.

  1. In Windows, choose Edit > Preferences > General. In Mac, choose Photoshop Elements > Preferences > General.

  2. Click Reset All Warning Dialogs, and click OK.


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