Recently, I was needing to hide the thumbnails from Photoshop’s welcome screen. I was about to do a livestream and didn’t want to show my client’s images. (Celebrities are big on privacy. If you ever work with any, remember that and you’ll last a long time).
The question comes up? How to I remove or delete the thumbnails? Its actually really easy, but not at all obvious. I’ll show you now, as well as 2 more powerful tips.
Click on the PS log on the top left of the home screen to go into Photoshop
Choose File>Open Recent
At the bottom of the list of recent files, you will see Clear Recent File List
Click the home bottom, or close all documents to go back to the home screen
Notice, the thumbnails are all gone now. Unfortunately, you can’t selectively delete them, it’s all or nothing.
Whenever you start Photoshop, or close all documents, you will see a full screen home page. Maybe you like it, maybe you find it annoying, I’ll show you how to stop it appearing.
Choose Photoshop Preferences>General
Uncheck the box that says Auto Show Home Screen. Now you will just go straight to photoshop and skip this screen. If you want it back, turn the option back on. (I actually kind of like the thumbnails now. Hey, it grew on me).
By default, when you choose File>Open Recent, you will see 25 files. Want more? Here’s how.
Choose Photoshop Preferences>File Handling
At the bottom of the screen, change recent File List from 25 to 100 (The maximum).
Now when you choose File>Open Recent, you will see 100 files. This makes it easier to find older documents. We all know how difficult that can be at at times.
There we go, nice and short and sweet this week.
I hope you found this tutorial useful, I’ll be back with more next Tuesday, as well as our Livestream on Youtube on Thursdays at 1pm Pacific.
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This was a great tip! I like that I can change it to 100 recents files! I can never find where I put my photos so it’s nice to open this and have them right there! Thank you!
I was just looking for this before I teach a workshop! Thank you so much!
The Open Recent tip was my favorite. Thanks! Already changed it to 100. I like seeing all the images in the Home screen so I won’t change that.
Thank you – loved all of these tips!