๐Ÿ”Ž Quick Tips: How to Reset Photoshop preferences

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Nov 05, 2021 Nov 05, 2021

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Reset your Photoshop Preferences

Did you know you can easily reset your Photoshop preferences to their default values?  Many troubleshooting documents include a step that suggests resetting preferences.  If you need to reset your preferences, learn how from the video and steps below:


โถ Backup your preferences in case you want to restore them later

  • Quit Photoshop
  • Copy the entire Adobe Photoshop [Version] Settings folder, save it on your computer or backup storage. You can find the folder here :
    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
    (If you need to restore them later, see: Preferences)


โท Open Photoshop Preferences

  • macOS: Photoshop > Preferences > General
  • Windows: Edit > Preferences > General


โธ Select the option

  • Click Reset Preferences On Quit and then OK.


When you quit photoshop and then reopen it, the preferences will be at their default value and saved in the usual location listed in step 1 above.




An alternate method to reset preferences (not shown in video)  is to hold down command + option + shift on macOS or ctrl + alt + shift on Windows while launching Photoshop and then select Yes in the dialog that asks "Delete the Adobe Photoshop Settings file?"



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