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Delete Photoshop preferences to fix performance issues

Have you ever noticed that all of a sudden Photoshop is just acting wacky? Maybe the application is crashing frequently or fonts are missing. If you’re suddenly experiencing performance issues within Photoshop, it might be due to a corrupt preference file. Luckily, even though preference files corrupt often, they’re simple to delete, and will rebuild themselves the next time you launch the application.


To delete Photoshop preferences:

  1. Launch Photoshop.
  2. Immediately press and hold [Ctrl][Alt][Shift] in Windows.
  3. Release the keys when the resulting Adobe Photoshop dialog box opens.
  4. Click Yes in the Adobe Photoshop dialog box indicating that you wish to delete the Adobe Photoshop Settings File.

One thing to keep in mind when deleting your preferences is you’ll lose any customized settings, and the application is set to default settings when it launches again. So you’ll have to take a few minutes and reset your color settings or anything else you had already established. However, if this fixes your problem, it’s less work to reset a few customized settings than it is to go in and reinstall the entire application from scratch.


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