Photoshop help -- layers icons gone awry

Started Nov 7, 2004 | Discussions thread
Greg. Senior Member • Posts: 1,272
How to delete/reset Photoshop preferences

Background: Sometimes Photoshop can exhibit odd/erratic/weird behaviour. This behaviour can sometimes be overcome by removing the Photoshop Preference file. The procedures outlined below are the most common methods of removing the preferences file.

Q: I am experiencing weird behaviour in Photoshop. - How do I delete / reset my preferences?

Photoshop Versions 6x and later:

A: Hold down Alt, Ctrl, and Shift keys (Mac: Command, Option, Shift) while starting Photoshop. A dialog box will appear asking if you wish to delete the preferences file.

A2: You can also simply search your hard drive for a .psp file and delete it. It will be called something along the lines of "Adobe Photoshop X Prefs.psp".

Under Win 2k/XP the preference file will be found at: %windir\Documents and Settings~username\Application Data\Adobe\Photoshop\[version #]\Adobe Photoshop [version #] Settings

Photoshop Versions 5.5 and earlier:

Search for photos*.ini and delete (the file will be called photos followed by the version number - i.e photos55.ini for Photoshop 5.5, photos40.ini for Photoshop 4.0)

Resetting the preferences will restore Photoshop settings to factory defaults.

If removing the preferences files does not resolve the problem you should check the Photoshop Support pages for further guidance.

Note that it is possible to keep a 'healthy' copy of the Preferences file, so that you simply overwrite the preferences file if needed. That way you won´t have to re-adjust your preferences in Photoshop after a Reset.

Source: Mathias Vejerslev at

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