About preferences

Numerous program settings are stored in the Adobe Photoshop Preferences file, including general display options, file-saving options, performance options, cursor options, transparency options, type options, and options for plug‑ins and scratch disks. Most of these options are set in the Preferences dialog box. Preference settings are saved each time you quit the application.

Unexpected behavior may indicate damaged preferences. If you suspect damage to preferences, restore preferences to their default settings.

To re-create the preferences files for Photoshop, start the application while holding down Ctrl+Alt+Shift (Windows) or Command+Option+Shift (Mac OS). Then, click Yes to the message, "Delete the Adobe Photoshop Settings file?"

Note: If this process doesn't work for you while you're using a wireless (Bluetooth) keyboard, attach a wired keyboard and retry.

Important: If you re-create the preferences by deleting the Adobe Photoshop CS6 Settings file, make sure that you only delete that file. If you delete the entire settings folder, you also delete any unsaved actions or presets.

Reinstalling Photoshop does not remove the preferences file. Before reinstalling Photoshop, re-create your preferences.

Video: The tutorial video How to Reset Photoshop CS6's Preferences File (by Julieanne Kost) takes you through two methods of resetting your Photoshop preferences. The video begins with the manual preference file removal method. The keyboard shortcut method begins at 5:05 - 8:18.

Mac OS

Important: Apple made the user library folder hidden by default with the release of Mac OS X 10.7. If  you require access to files in the hidden library folder to perform Adobe-related troubleshooting, see How to access hidden user library files.

Photoshop preference Filename Path
General settings Adobe Photoshop CS6 Prefs.psp Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/
Adobe Photoshop CS6 Settings
Actions Actions palette.psp Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/
Adobe Photoshop CS6 Settings
Camera Raw Preferences Adobe Camera Raw 7.x Prefs Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences
Color settings (Color management) Color Settings.csf Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/
Adobe Photoshop CS6 Settings
Custom Color settings (Color management) Userdefined.csf Users/[user name]/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Color/Settings
Custom proof setups (Color management) Userdefined.psf Users/[user name]/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Color/Proofing
Editing and painting tools Brushes.psp, Contours.psp, Custom Shapes.psp, Gradients.psp, Patterns.psp, RepoussePresets.psp, Styles.psp, Swatches.psp, ToolPresets.psp Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/
Adobe Photoshop CS6 Settings/
Paths Adobe Photoshop CS6 Paths Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences
Save for Web Adobe Save For Web CS6 Prefs

Adobe Save for Web 13 Prefs
Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/
Adobe/Plugins/Adobe Save for Web CS6/
Photoshop

Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences
Filters and Effects Adobe Adaptive Wide Angle CS6, Adobe Dicom CS6, Adobe Filter Gallery CS6 Prefs, Adobe Lens Blur CS6 Prefs, Adobe Lens Correction CS6 Prefs, Adobe Liquify CS6 Prefs, Adobe VanishingPoint CS6, Adobe Oil Paint CS6
Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/
Adobe/Plugins/[effect or filter name]/
Photoshop
Lens Profiles (Created with the Lens Profile software) Userdefined.lcs Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/
Adobe/LensCorrection/1.0/Settings
Workspaces

[User Defined]

Workspaces that have been modified

Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/
Adobe Photoshop CS6 Settings/WorkSpaces

Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/
Adobe Photoshop CS6 Settings/WorkSpaces (Modified)

Third-party plug-in settings (for example, location of the plug-ins folder) (varies) Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences folder
Saved presets [User defined] Users/[user name]/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Presets/[feature name]

Windows 7 and Vista

Photoshop Preference Filename Path
General settings

Adobe Photoshop CS6 Prefs.psp (32-bit version)

Adobe Photoshop X64 CS6 Prefs.psp (64-bit version)

Users/[user name]/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Adobe Photoshop CS6 Settings
Actions Actions palette.psp Users/[user name]/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Adobe Photoshop CS6 Settings
Camera Raw

Windows registry key

.xmp files saved from Camera Raw dialog box

HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Adobe/Camera Raw/7.0

Users/[user name]/AppData/Roaming/CameraRaw/Settings

Color settings (Color management) Color Settings.csf Users/[user name]/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Adobe Photoshop CS6 Settings
Custom Color settings (Color management) Userdefined.csf Users/[user name]/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/
Color/Settings
Custom proof setups (Color management) Userdefined.psf Users/[user name]/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/
Color/Proofing
Editing and painting tools Brushes.psp, Contours.psp, Custom Shapes.psp, Gradients.psp, Patterns.psp, Styles.psp, Swatches.psp, ToolPresets.psp Users/[user name]/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Adobe Photoshop CS6 Settings/Presets
Paths Preferences are saved as value data in the SettingsFilePath value name in the Windows registry.

(Windows registry key) HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Adobe/Photoshop/60.0

Settings FilePath value:

Users/[user name]/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Adobe Photoshop CS6 Settings

Save for Web

Adobe Save for Web 13.0 Prefs

Save for Web file

Users/[user name]/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Plugins/
Adobe Save For Web CS6/Photoshop

Users/[user name]/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Optimized Settings/filename.irs

Filters and Effects Adobe Effect CS6 Prefs, Adobe Filter Gallery CS6 Prefs, Adobe Lens Blur CS6 Prefs, Adobe Lens Correction CS6 Prefs, Adobe Liquify CS6 Prefs, Adobe Mondo Filter CS6, Adobe Oil Paint CS6
Users/[user name]/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Plugins/
[effect or filter name]/Photoshop
Lens Profiles (Created with the Lens Profile software)

Userdefined.lcs

Adaptive lens profile files: .wac

Users/[user name]/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/
LensCorrection/1.0/Settings

Users/[user name]/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Optimize Settings

Workspaces

[User Defined]

Workspaces that have been modified

Users/[user name]/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Adobe Photoshop CS6 Settings/Workspaces
Users/[user name]/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Adobe Photoshop CS6 Settings/Workspaces (Modified)
Third-party plug-in settings (for example, location of the plug-ins folder) Settings are stored as value data in the SettingsFilePath value name in the Windows registry. HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Adobe/Photoshop/60.0
Saved Presets [User defined] Users/[user name]/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Presets/[feature name]

Windows XP

Photoshop Preference Filename Path
General settings Adobe Photoshop CS6 Prefs.psp Documents and Settings/[user name]/Application Data/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Adobe Photoshop CS6 Settings
Actions Actions palette.psp Documents and Settings/[user name]/Application Data/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Adobe Photoshop CS6 Settings
Camera Raw

Windows registry key

.xmp files saved from Camera Raw dialog

HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Adobe/Camera Raw/7.0

Documents and Settings/[user name]/Application Data/Adobe/CameraRaw/Settings

Color settings (Color management) Color Settings.csf Documents and Settings/[user name]/Application Data/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Adobe Photoshop CS6 Settings
Custom Color settings (Color management) Userdefined.csf Documents and Settings/[user name]/Application Data/Adobe/Color/Settings
Custom proof setups (Color management) Userdefined.psf Documents and Settings/[user name]/Application Data/Adobe/Color/Proofing
Editing and painting tools Brushes.psp, Contours.psp, Custom Shapes.psp, Gradients.psp, Patterns.psp, Styles.psp, Swatches.psp, ToolPresets.psp Documents and Settings/[user name]/Application Data/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Presets
Paths Preferences are saved as value data in the SettingsFilePath value name in the Windows registry. KEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Adobe/Photoshop/60.0
SettingsFilePath:
Documents and Settings/[user name]/Application Data/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Adobe Photoshop CS6 Settings
Save for Web Adobe Save for Web CS6 Prefs Documents and Settings/[user name]/Adobe/Plugins/Adobe Save For Web CS6/Photoshop
Filters and Effects Adobe Effect CS6 Prefs, Adobe Filter Gallery CS6 Prefs,
Adobe Lens Correction CS6 Prefs,
Adobe Liquify CS6 Prefs,
Adobe Adaptive Wide Angle
Documents and Settings/[user name]/Application Data/Adobe/Plugins/[effect or filter name]/Photoshop
Documents and Settings/[user name]/Application Data/Adobe/Plugins/Adobe Lens Correction CS6/Photoshop
Documents and Settings/[user name]/Application Data/Adobe/Plugins/Adobe Liquify CS6/Photoshop
Documents and Settings/[user name]/Application Data/Adobe/Plugins/Adobe Adaptive Wide Angle CS6
Lens Profiles (Created with the Lens Profile software) Userdefined.lcs Documents and Settings/[user name]Application Data/Adobe/Plugins/Adobe Lens Correction CS6/Photoshop
Workspaces

[User Defined]

Workspaces that have modified

Documents and Settings/[user name]/Application Data/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Adobe Photoshop CS6 Settings/Workspaces
Documents and Settings/[user name]/Application Data/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Adobe Photoshop CS6 Settings/Workspaces (Modified)
Third-party plug-in settings (for example, location of the plug-ins folder) Settings are stored as value data in the SettingsFilePath value name in the Windows registry. HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Adobe/Photoshop/60.0
Saved presets Saved presets Documents and Settings/[user name]/Application Data/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Presets/[feature name]

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