Launching and Navigating Preferences in Photoshop Elements 15

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

The Photo Editor’s Preferences dialog box organizes all the options into several panes. By default, when you open the Preferences dialog box in Elements 15, you see the General pane.

To open the Preferences dialog box, choose Edit → Preferences → General (or Photoshop Elements Editor → Preferences → General on the Mac). Alternatively, press Ctrl+K (⌘+K on the Mac). Using either method opens the Preferences dialog box to the General pane.

The General pane in the Preferences dialog box.

You see items on both the left and right sides of the dialog box that are common to all preferences panes. Here’s a quick introduction to what these items are and how they work:

  • Panes list: Elements lists all the different panes along the left side of the Preferences dialog box. Click an item in the list to make the respective pane open on the right side of the dialog box.
  • OK: Click OK to accept any changes made in any pane and dismiss the Preferences dialog box.
  • Cancel: Click Cancel to return to the same settings as when you opened a pane and to dismiss the dialog box.
  • Restore Default Settings: Clicking the Restore Default Settings button returns the dialog box to the same settings as when you opened the dialog box. The dialog box stays open for you to set new settings.

Of particular importance in the General tab are the items you see for Allow Floating Documents in Expert Mode and Enable Floating Document Window Docking. Select these check boxes if you want to undock the document windows from the tabs.