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Chapter 3. Hardware, System Setup, and P... > Photoshop Quick Fix—Replacing The Pr...

Photoshop Quick Fix—Replacing The Preferences

Sometimes Photoshop doesn't seem to work quite right. Tools don't perform correctly, commands don't execute the way they should, the interface is mangled, Photoshop runs slowly or crashes often—these problems could all be signs of a corrupted preferences file. Instead of reinstalling the entire Photoshop program, you can often simply replace the “Prefs.”

The Prefs: What They Are and How They Work

In addition to the options selected in the Preferences, the Prefs file stores such settings as the positions of the palettes, tool settings, guide and grid settings, scratch disk locations, and file saving settings. It is updated every time you quit Photoshop. (It is not updated during a crash.) Because the file is rewritten so often, it is subject to corruption.


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