About preferences

In order for Photoshop to run as smoothly as possible, in a way that's customized for your particular workflow, you need to set up your Preferences to your liking.

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, presets 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 Photoshop. If Photoshop crashes, or is force quit, any changes to preferences, presets and your workspace will be lost.

Important:

Currently, preferences are not preserved when you do a rollback to a prior version/update. Prior to performing a rollback, make sure to back-up your preferences.

Adjust preferences in Photoshop

Open a preferences dialog box

  1. Do one of the following:

    Windows

    • Choose Edit > Preferences and choose the desired preference set from the submenu.

    macOS

    • Choose Photoshop > Preferences and then choose the desired preference set from the submenu.
  2. To switch to a different preference set, do one of the following:

    • Choose the preference set from the menu at the left of the dialog box.
    • Click Next to display the next preference set in the list; click Prev to display the previous set.

Note:

Detailed information about specific preference settings appears in task-specific topics. For example, search Help for “Transparency preferences” to see those settings discussed in the context of related features such as layers.

Backup Photoshop preferences

  1. Quit Photoshop.

  2. Navigate to Photoshop's Preferences folder.

    macOS

    • Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop [version] Settings

    Windows 10

    • Users/[user name]/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop [version]/Adobe Photoshop [version] Settings

    Note:

    The user Library folder is hidden by default on macOS. To access files in the hidden user Library folder, see How to access hidden user library files.

  3. Drag the entire Adobe Photoshop [Version] Settings folder to the desktop or somewhere safe for a back-up of your settings

Reset Photoshop preferences

Unexpected behavior may indicate damaged preferences. Restoring preferences to their default settings is a good idea when trying to troubleshoot unexpected behaviors in Photoshop.

Prior to restoring your preferences, make sure to back-up your preferences.

 

Using the keyboard shortcut or delete on quit preference to reset your preferences permanently deletes a subset of preferences files including settings from the preferences dialog, custom shortcuts, workspaces, and color settings. For a list of specific files that are deleted see these tables for preference file functions, names, locations for macOS and Windows.

 

Manually restoring your preferences is the most complete method for resetting Photoshop to its default state by making sure plug-in preferences and any user presets which may be causing a problem are not loaded.

Using a keyboard shortcut

  1. Quit Photoshop.

  2. Hold down the following keyboard shorcut and launch Photoshop:

    macOS

    • command + option + shift

    Windows

    • ctrl + alt + shift
  3. Open Photoshop.

  4. Click Yes in the dialog that asks "Delete the Adobe Photoshop Settings file?"

    Delete Settings File

    New preferences files will be created in their original location.

Using the Preferences dialog

  1. Open Photoshop's Preferences:

    macOS

    • Photoshop > Preferences > General

    Windows

    • Edit > Preferences > General
  2. Click Reset Preferences On Quit

    Reset Preferences on Quit.
  3. Click OK in the dialog that asks "Are you sure you want to reset preferences when quitting Photoshop?"

  4. Quit Photoshop.

  5. Open Photoshop.

    New preferences files will be created in their original location.

Manually

Manually removing preferences files is the most complete method for restoring Photoshop to its default state. This method ensures all preferences and any user presets which may be causing a problem are not loaded.

  1. Quit Photoshop.

  2. Navigate to Photoshop's Preferences folder.

    macOS

    • Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop [version] Settings

    Windows

    • Users/[user name]/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop [version]/Adobe Photoshop [version] Settings

    Note:

    The user Library folder is hidden by default on macOS. To access files in the hidden user Library folder, see How to access hidden user library files.

  3. Drag the entire Adobe Photoshop [Version] Settings folder to the desktop or somewhere safe for a back-up of your settings

  4. Open Photoshop.

    New preferences files will be created in their original location.

Disable and enable warning messages

Sometimes you will see messages containing warnings or prompts. You can suppress the display of these messages by selecting the Don’t Show Again option in the message. You can also globally redisplay all messages that have been suppressed.

  1. Do one of the following:

    Windows

    •  Choose Edit > Preferences > General

    macOS 

    • Choose Photoshop > Preferences > General
  2. Click Reset All Warning Dialogs, and click OK.

Reset Camera Raw preferences

Performance-related preferences