How to Reset Photoshop Settings to Default.

If the Photoshop program works strange, then the fastest way to fix the problem is to reset the Photoshop’s settings back to default. In this tutorial you ‘ll find detailed instructions on how to reset the Photoshop Preferences to their defaults.

In the Adobe Photoshop program, all the customizations (display options, performance options, transparency options, cursor options, etc.) are saved in the “Adobe Photoshop Preferences” file upon quitting the application. If the Preferences file becomes damaged, then the Photoshop program acts weird and then only way to fix the problem(s) is to restore the preferences settings to their default values.

How to Reset Photoshop Preferences to Default. *

* Note: The above methods will reset all the preferences settings to default. If you want to reset a particular or all the Photoshop tools, apply the follow actions:

1. From the Photoshop’s menu click Windows and then select the Options item.
2. Then select the tool that you want to reset from the Toolbox.
3. Now right-click on the tool at left of the Options bar and select Reset Tool or Reset All Tools.

reset tools photoshop

Method 1. Reset Preferences at Photoshop Startup.

The first method to reset the settings in Photoshop is to use a keyboard shortcut after launching Photoshop. To do that:

1. Quit Photoshop.
2. Double click on Photoshop icon and immediately hold down the Ctrl+Alt+Shift keys (in Windows) or the Command+Option+Shift (in Mac OS).
3. When asked to “Delete the Adobe Photoshop Settings file?” click Yes.

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Method 2. Reset Preferences from Photoshop’s menu.

1. Launch Photoshop.
2. From the Edit menu, select Preferences -> General
3. Click Reset Preferences on Quit.

Reset Adobe Photoshop Preferences on Quit


4. Click OK when asked to reset preferences when quitting Photoshop.

Reset Photoshop Settings on Quit


5. Click OK again to close the Preferences dialog.
6. Close and re-launch Photoshop.


Method 3. Delete or Rename the Adobe Photoshop Settings file.

The final method to reset Photoshop preferences to their defaults, is to rename or to delete the Photoshop Settings file (Adobe Photoshop %Version% Prefs.psp), at the following location on your PC:*

  • C:Users%Username%AppDataRoamingAdobeAdobe Photoshop %Version%Adobe Photoshop %Version% SettingsAdobe Photoshop %Version% Prefs.psp

* Note: In MAC OS, navigate to:

  • Users%Username%LibraryPreferencesAdobe Photoshop %Version% SettingsAdobe Photoshop %Version% Prefs.psp

To delete the Adobe Preferences in Windows 10, 8, 7 OS:

1. Quit Photoshop.
2. Navigate to the “C:Users%Username%AppDataRoaming” folder. To do that:

1. Press the Windows image_thumb8_thumb + R keys to open the run command box.
2. In the Search box, type: %appdata% & click OK.

Delete Photoshop Preferences file


4. Then navigate to “…AdobeAdobe Photoshop %Version%Adobe Photoshop %Version% Settings” folder.
5. Delete or rename the “Adobe Photoshop %Version% Prefs.psp” file to Adobe Photoshop %Version% Prefs.OLD” *

* Note: If you own Photoshop 64-bit, rename or delete also the “Adobe Photoshop X64 %version% Prefs.psp” file.

Re-create Photoshop Settings File


6. Launch Photoshop.

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