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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Photoshop Elements 15 – Open Recently Edited File

In practice the cache should store up to 100 recent files and we would normally expect the 20 newest files to show in the list with the oldest files automatically dropping out of the cache.

In some versions of PSE15 this does not appear to be working but it is possible to manually clear the pref settings by navigating to the Editor folder and deleting the file named MachinePrefs - see image below.

See my file path below for the correct location – substitute your own user name
C:\Users\99jon\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\15.0\Editor

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Start by quitting Elements.

AppData is often a hidden system folder but you can get to it quickly by launching the Run dialog – hold down the Windows key and press R
Type: %appdata% and click OK

That will take you directly to AppData >> Roaming. From there you can double-click on the Adobe folder and follow the path to the Editor folder. Open the Editor folder to find MachinePrefs

After deleting MachinePrefs re-launch the Elements Editor. When you click File >> Open you will see that Open Recently Edited File is grayed out but as you work on new files and save them, the list will start to be populated afresh.

Mac OS

Quit Elements
Launch Finder
Navigate to your user Library – hold down the Optn key whilst clicking “Go” on the top menu and you can choose Library. Then find:

Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 Paths
Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 Settings

Highlight the two pref files – see image below and right-click (control-click) and choose Move to Trash.

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Re-launch the Elements Editor.

N.B. Apple hides the user library by default but holding the Optn (Alt) key makes it appear for selection under the Go menu.


  1. Thanks Jon. Ive been chasing the solution for a while.

  2. Thank you so much, worked perfecto!

  3. A lot of people have been searching for this solution. Thank you.

  4. Amazing! Lots of digging and this works perfectly. Many Thanks!

  5. I've been living with this for a year. You are the first person to describe the process for MAC. Thanks a million.

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  7. Works as described (Windows 10). Thanks a million.

  8. Finally. Thanks. Note that on my system the folder "Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 Paths" did not exist. I deleted the "... settings" folder and the "Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop Elements"folder and that did the trick.


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