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FAQ: How do I reset my preferences?

May 15, 2013 3:17 PM

Tags: #restore #preferences #reset #faq

Many odd issues can be resolved by resetting your Photoshop preferences.

 

The main preferences file is called "Adobe Photoshop CS6 Prefs.psp".

 

Once you find the file, save a copy to include in your bug report, then delete or remove it from the preferences folder.

Photoshop will create a new preference file the next time it is run.

 

 

Windows

Under Windows XP the preference file will be found at:
%windir%\Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\Adobe\PhotoshopCS6\Adobe Photoshop CS6 Settings\Adobe Photoshop CS6 Prefs.psp

 

Under Vista and Windows 7 or 8, the preference file will be found at:

Users\[Username]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6\Adobe Photoshop CS6 Settings\Adobe Photoshop CS6 Prefs.psp

 

 

Macintosh

On MacOS the preference file will be found at:

/Users/[Username]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop CS6 Settings/Adobe Photoshop CS6 Prefs.psp


PLEASE NOTE: On MacOS 10.7 and later, Apple has hidden your Library folder, so you may need to make it visible - but the location is the same for all MacOS X versions. Instructions for accessing hidden user library files: Access hidden user library files | Mac OS 10.7 Lion

 

 

 

 

If you need a quick and dirty way to restore your preferences, here's a way you can do it using a keyboard shortcut on launch:

Windows - CTRL-SHIFT-ALT immediately after you double-click the PS icon.

Macintosh - CMD-SHIFT-OPTION immediately after you double-click the PS icon.

 

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