Photoshop Tip of the Week #8- Deleting Preferences


If ever you find Photoshop or Elements is acting quirky, doing really weird things, freezing, or seems really really slow, it may be time to delete your preferences.

It is very simple to do. You hold down ALT, SHIFT, and CTRL (PC) or OPTION, COMMAND, SHIFT (Mac) at the same time right when you click on Photoshop to open. You will get a message asking if it is ok to delete the preferences. Accept it and the program will do the rest.

The preferences will rebuild as the program opens.

Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets that make editing faster, easier and more fun.

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  1. 1
    Christie says:

    now THAT is extremely helpful to me today. thanks. :)

  2. 2
    Tonya Boles says:

    Thanks. I just tried it, easy.. lol

  3. 3
    Dawn Burke says:

    I’m not horribly computer literate but I do know that my PSE is going REALLY slowly these days. I’m confused about what to do… Do I do this at the icon on my desktop or after PSE is open? LOL!! I’m slow, can you hold my hand here? Hee hee… thanks!!

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    ~Sharon says:

    The preferences will rebuild… wow, great tip! My pc has been a little sluggish, I’m going to try this.


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