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How to reset Lightroom preferences

How to reset Lightroom preferences

Resetting Preferences in Adobe Lightroom: An In-Depth Guide

Adobe Lightroom is a powerful tool for photographers worldwide, offering an array of capabilities for organizing, enhancing, and transforming images. Over time, as you navigate and explore these features, you may tailor the software's preferences to your unique workflow. However, there may be instances where you want to reset these preferences back to their original, default settings - perhaps due to a misconfiguration, troubleshooting needs, or simply desiring a fresh start. This guide will provide an in-depth walk-through on how to reset your Adobe Lightroom preferences.

Why Reset Preferences?

Before diving into the 'how', it's important to understand the 'why'. Adobe Lightroom's preferences are settings that control how the application behaves. They can include choices related to interface, performance, file handling, and more. Misconfigured settings can sometimes lead to unwanted behavior, like sluggish performance, or even cause the application to crash. Resetting these preferences can often resolve such issues and can also provide a clean slate if you wish to overhaul your workflow.

Method 1: Resetting Preferences From Within Lightroom

As of my knowledge cut-off in September 2021, Lightroom Classic allows you to reset your preferences from within the application. Here's how:

  1. Open Lightroom: Launch the Lightroom application on your computer.
  2. Navigate to Preferences: Go to 'Edit' on Windows or 'Lightroom' on macOS, located on the menu bar, then select 'Preferences'. This will open the Preferences dialog box.
  3. Reset All Preferences: Navigate to the 'General' tab if you are not already there. At the bottom of the tab, click 'Reset All Lightroom Classic CC Preferences'.
  4. Confirm the Reset: A dialog box will appear asking you to confirm the reset. Click 'Reset Preferences' to continue.

Your Lightroom preferences will then be reset to their default values.

Method 2: Manually Resetting Preferences

If you are unable to open Lightroom or if you're using a version of Lightroom that does not have the built-in reset feature, you can still reset your preferences manually. Here's how:

  1. Close Lightroom: If it is open, ensure you close Lightroom.
  2. Locate the Preferences File: This file is located in different places depending on your operating system:
    • Windows: Users\[your username]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Lightroom\Preferences\Lightroom Classic CC 7 Preferences.agprefs
    • macOS: Users/[your username]/Library/Preferences/com.adobe.LightroomClassicCC7.plist
  1. Note: These file paths can change slightly depending on the version of Lightroom you are using.
  2. Rename or Move the Preferences File: Once you've found the file, either rename it or move it to a different location. This step is a safety measure in case you need to restore your original preferences.
  3. Launch Lightroom: Open Lightroom. It will create a new preferences file with default settings since it cannot find the original file.

Please note that resetting preferences will not impact your photos, edits, presets, or catalogs. It only returns the application's settings to their original state.

Now you know how to reset your Adobe Lightroom preferences. Whether you're troubleshooting or revamping your Lightroom workflow, this guide provides you with the knowledge you need to confidently manage your preferences.

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