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Chapter 2. Choosing Hardware and Setting... > Setting Photoshop's Preferences

Setting Photoshop's Preferences

Much of how Photoshop looks and acts depends on a file called Adobe Photoshop CS Prefs. This file contains such information as how you last arranged the palettes, the dimensions and color mode of the most-recent new document, what style of cursors you prefer, and how you like to name files when saving them.

Photoshop organizes the preferences into nine groups, each of which is displayed and changed in a separate pane of the Preferences dialog box. Windows users can open Preferences by using the menu command Edit, Preferences. Mac OS X users will find Preferences under the Photoshop menu. The first pane of the dialog box, General, can be opened with the keyboard shortcut (Command-K) [Ctrl+K]. Once the Preferences dialog box is open, you can switch among panes using the pop-up menu at the top or with the (Command) [Ctrl] key and the number keys 1 through 9. You can also move among the nine panes by using the Next and Prev buttons, which appear in all nine panes.


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