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Nuno Albuquerque : Notebook - Quick Fix: Photoshop CS6 Reopens Old Documents

Quick Fix: Photoshop CS6 Reopens Old Documents

124 Comments Quick Tip, Software

I recently came across an issue where every time I opened Photoshop CS6, it would open old documents. I repeatedly closed them just to have them return every time I launched Photoshop. I thought this was some sort of OS X "feature" that wasn't working properly in photoshop, so I looked around the adobe forums but couldn't find any solutions. I was really hoping there was a system or software update that would fix this issue, but updates came and went and my problem persisted. Until yesterday, when the obvious hit me... why not just right click the document tab and see if I could open it Finder? I guess Photoshop stores temp versions of documents when a crash occurs and always reopens them at launch time.

To fix this, right click the offending document tab in photoshop and select Reveal in Finder.

Then move the files in the AutoRecover folder to the Trash.

That's it, cheers!

Discussion 124 Comments

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Webbdezigner on Fri, January 25, 2013 - 3:37:24 PM from FL

Whoever you are, thank you. This one file was driving me nuts! Found you within the first three threads on my google search.

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Webbdezigner on Fri, January 25, 2013 - 3:38:06 PM from FL

photoshop cs6 opens old files was my search.

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Nuno on Fri, January 25, 2013 - 3:41:41 PM

Thanks for the feedback! I too couldn’t find anything on the subject which is why I posted the tip. Cheers!

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Brian Smith on Mon, February 18, 2013 - 3:44:05 PM

Thank you SO much!  I’ve been annoyed by a rogue PSB file opening up for weeks.  I appreciate you sharing the fix.

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Chris McDonough on Fri, March 15, 2013 - 9:28:09 AM from Fairfield NJ

God bless you! I thought I had screwed up a file, hitting a unknown feature key while working that file. It was like a bad penny!

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Jamie Neese on Fri, March 15, 2013 - 11:31:17 AM from Paramount Pictures

Holy Mother - THANKS!  Happened to me 2 months ago and until the search that revealed your answer, was irritating the Hell out of me.  Many many Thanks and Kudos for this fix.

Jamie

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Kimberley Jose on Wed, March 20, 2013 - 2:12:37 PM from Canada

Thanks so much! smile

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Paul Rose on Fri, April 12, 2013 - 5:51:05 AM from Manchester

Thank for posting this solution.

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Jorge on Wed, April 24, 2013 - 3:20:28 AM from Sweden

Thanks for posting this!

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Laura Macky on Wed, May 08, 2013 - 1:14:57 PM

Thank you so much for this!!  It was driving me batty.  smile

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DvClipper on Fri, May 17, 2013 - 1:07:24 PM from USA

Dude…you rock. Adding my thanks to the list!

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sparkyrizzo on Fri, May 17, 2013 - 10:17:07 PM

Gracias… now if you could just tell me how to turn off SMS messages now showing up in my Mac Mail I would give you cupcake..

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spark on Tue, May 21, 2013 - 6:52:00 PM

THANK YOU!

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Injoigraphix on Wed, May 22, 2013 - 8:52:37 AM from Ohio

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I don’t know why I didn’t find this sooner. I searched everywhere but somehow only stumbled upon this thread! Thank you so very much!

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Joe Mahon on Thu, May 30, 2013 - 8:55:03 AM from United States

So very grateful.. It was driving my mad.

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Dominic Quentin on Thu, June 06, 2013 - 8:39:09 AM from Nederland

Just great! Have had the same “bug” since last year and I even almost got used to it since I didn’t find a way to fix it in the past.

Then I found this post. Big thumbs up from Holland for taking the time to post it!

Cheers,
Dominic

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roNn23 on Wed, June 12, 2013 - 1:16:55 AM

OMG, thank you!

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Jane on Wed, June 12, 2013 - 9:26:50 AM

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!

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teo on Wed, June 19, 2013 - 9:38:21 AM from United States

You rock! I was going bananas.

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Nag on Thu, June 20, 2013 - 1:57:16 AM from Toronto

Thanks for the quick help, it was annoying me every time. Now it is FIXED!

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Chris Sparks on Thu, June 20, 2013 - 3:33:33 PM from Tennessee

Thank you for this!  The stuck file in my auto recovery was driving me insane!  Thanks again.

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Vincent on Tue, June 25, 2013 - 3:49:32 AM from Ireland

You are a legend, this issue has been doing my head for nearly a year! Sorted now ...

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Ben on Thu, June 27, 2013 - 9:39:58 AM from United States

Thanks

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Amy Dutton on Thu, June 27, 2013 - 3:17:26 PM from United States

THANK YOU!!

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Omar on Sun, June 30, 2013 - 3:38:14 AM from Amman-Jordan

You saved me from going nuts!

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Marissa on Thu, July 11, 2013 - 11:11:24 AM

thank you!

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Marie on Tue, July 16, 2013 - 7:36:05 AM from USA

Thank you so much! This issue was driving me up the wall. Worked like a charm! :D

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Danica on Fri, July 26, 2013 - 4:32:45 PM

Thank you! This has been driving me crazy!

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danny on Mon, July 29, 2013 - 5:36:29 PM

many thanks!

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Mark Short on Tue, July 30, 2013 - 5:35:07 PM from Solana Beach, CA.

Muchas gracias amigo! It’s hard to Stay Classy when you’re about to explode form frustration.

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Elizabeth on Sun, August 04, 2013 - 6:47:00 PM from Washington, DC

Wish I would’ve searched for this answer sooner. So simple! Thank you!

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zumi on Thu, August 15, 2013 - 3:22:28 AM

THANK YOU! what a relief!

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David Fitzgerald on Tue, August 20, 2013 - 1:04:25 PM from United States

Thanks for the fix. I had 8 offending ducuments that were being auto recovered and this worked flwlessly after doing a bunch digging and getting bad information until I happened upon your post. Thanks again.

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Sheila on Sun, September 01, 2013 - 11:05:31 PM

Hi. My photoshop is opening a series of old files, so much so that it freezes, therefore i cannot right click. How can i find the Auto Recover files?

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Nuno on Sun, September 01, 2013 - 11:24:28 PM

@Sheila, on the Mac the autorecovery directory is located here:

~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/AutoRecover

The Library directory is hidden, so use the Go To command in finder and paste in that address. Replace CS6 with whatever version you have installed.

Good luck!

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Jay on Tue, September 03, 2013 - 12:45:59 AM from Pembroke Pines, Florida

You are the best….that file was driving me nuts

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Anna on Mon, September 09, 2013 - 7:46:22 AM from Silver Spring, MD

Thank you so much! Easy as pie, and I wouldn’t have ever thought of it.

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Mitchell Finlay on Fri, September 20, 2013 - 4:38:00 AM from London

That a great tutorial. I had the same 5 document opening everytime I started photoshop. 2 of the files were very complex so often it would take 5-10 mins to load!

Thanks

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Erica on Tue, September 24, 2013 - 6:59:30 AM

I just want to say you are my hero… I found a ‘fix’ elsewhere, but where they said the document should be, it was not!!! THANKS!!!

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Photography By Nikki on Wed, September 25, 2013 - 4:40:34 AM

OMG THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH

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Chris on Thu, October 03, 2013 - 1:58:06 PM from Vancouver

THANK YOU!!! I had 10 auto recover files popping up every time I opened photoshop. One of which was a scrotum. It was the joke photoshop project that kept on giving. Very disconcerting.

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rich o on Thu, October 17, 2013 - 5:41:35 PM from California

High Five! Cheers!

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JPAPERZ on Mon, October 21, 2013 - 4:16:42 AM from New York

Thank you photoshop god!!!

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Robyn on Tue, October 22, 2013 - 8:55:31 PM

OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH - this was driving me NUTS!!!

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Branden on Thu, November 14, 2013 - 7:45:01 PM

Thank You SOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!! This was SOOOOOOOO annoying!!!

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Tim on Wed, December 04, 2013 - 2:04:45 PM

Like everyone else, I give my thanks.
That old file been opening for 6 months!

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Brian on Mon, December 09, 2013 - 10:48:19 AM from NJ

I LOVE YOU. Thanks.

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LisaLee on Tue, December 10, 2013 - 1:54:23 PM from Charlotte, NC

Thank you sooo much. That was driving me nutz!

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Christa on Tue, December 10, 2013 - 4:00:32 PM from United States

You are my hero!!

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Alfred on Tue, December 17, 2013 - 11:10:37 AM from Canada

Wow, you solved my ANNOYING problem!  Everyday for the past 6 months I have dealt with several of these rogue AutoRecover Files re-opening despite not needing to be recovered at all.  Thanks!!!

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Scott Jones on Tue, December 24, 2013 - 9:47:55 AM from United Kingdom

Thanks so much for this, it had been bugging the life out of me every time I opened up Photoshop. It seems so simple now you’ve mentioned it - I won’t be forgetting this one!

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zoe knowles on Sun, December 29, 2013 - 6:41:05 PM from Australia

THANK YOU SO MUCH! I can’t believe how long I let this go on. 10 points!

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Metin METE on Sun, January 05, 2014 - 11:01:26 AM from Türkiye

OMG. Thanks dude…

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Giacomo Lando on Thu, January 09, 2014 - 8:25:29 PM from Italy

Thanks man!

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jason phegley on Fri, January 17, 2014 - 10:44:28 PM from United States

Thanks so much man I was going berserk! You saved me much addition whoa.

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Edgar on Thu, January 30, 2014 - 3:46:03 PM from USA

Thank you so much, I always will remember this

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michael baumann on Mon, February 03, 2014 - 8:19:50 AM from new york

great - drove me nuts too ... thanks for your post ... perfect !

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Farrell on Sun, March 09, 2014 - 10:35:23 AM from Mississauga, ONTARIO

2 years later and this post is still helping people. THANK YOU!

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Jason Green on Sun, March 16, 2014 - 3:37:10 AM from United States

THANK YOU! This has been driving me insane for months now… THANK YOU! grin

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Daniel on Wed, March 26, 2014 - 5:07:19 PM from Hungary

Thank you for the post. This is brilliant. This problem has been bugging me since almost a year now. Finally fixed it with your help!

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Carey on Fri, March 28, 2014 - 6:42:59 PM from United States

Thanks for the info. Very helpful!

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Nadine on Thu, April 10, 2014 - 3:00:41 AM

Thank you so much !!! i almost threw my macbook out of the window lol
you saved it :p

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Dean on Thu, April 17, 2014 - 10:20:17 AM from Manchester, England

You’re a fricken genius! Thank you sooooo much.

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Julie on Fri, April 18, 2014 - 9:56:25 PM from United States

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Amy on Tue, April 22, 2014 - 10:25:45 AM from Canada

That was amazing, thank you!

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sean on Wed, April 30, 2014 - 1:30:18 PM

Oh thank god

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Viet on Thu, May 08, 2014 - 1:13:07 PM

Thank you so much!

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toyous on Fri, May 09, 2014 - 12:56:12 AM from United States

You!! Thank you!!

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Kathryn Mattison-Gomez on Wed, May 21, 2014 - 3:43:31 PM from United States

And the angels sang!!! This has been driving me barmy and I just could not figure it out.
Thank you ever so much.

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Jochem on Tue, June 10, 2014 - 2:56:18 PM from The Netherlands

YES! Thanks. This was driving me insane.

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Andy on Thu, June 26, 2014 - 5:06:23 AM

HERO! I actually got to the point where it was opening 10+ files at the start…

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laura on Thu, June 26, 2014 - 8:34:22 AM

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Like everyone on this thread, I was going bonkers & now I have been healed!

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Quincy Scott on Mon, June 30, 2014 - 5:03:17 PM from New Orleans

Thank you! shit was driving me crazy.. lol

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Amanda on Wed, July 16, 2014 - 7:55:20 AM

You are my hero today. Thank you so much for posting this! What a simple, FAST fix!

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windows 7 help on Tue, July 22, 2014 - 5:50:19 AM from India

Wow, this is a great idea of reopening the old documents. I was trying several methods to reopen my old documents severe times. However, no methods were working properly. Thank you Nuno interactive media for helping me to find my old documents.

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Aaron Fisher on Fri, August 08, 2014 - 3:52:27 PM from UK

Spot on - 1st search result on Google - this minor annoyance is finally gone….Thank you

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Lace O Base on Thu, August 21, 2014 - 2:21:15 PM from Denver, CO

THANK YOU! Man, that was driving me crazy!!!!!! I really appreciate your help smile

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Scott on Tue, August 26, 2014 - 11:18:06 AM from Canada

Brilliant! Thank you!

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Kirk on Wed, August 27, 2014 - 10:13:22 AM from NC

Thank Heavens you had the simple AHHHH HAAAA moment!! Same 2 files always opening up when I started PS6. Now it is gone….bye bye!!!! I pat your back vigorously for this sweet fix!

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Paul Ross on Wed, August 27, 2014 - 3:52:05 PM

Awesome tip, saved me a big headache. Thanks!

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Oliver on Tue, September 09, 2014 - 2:59:06 AM from RSA

Thank you so much!!! Couldn’t figure this out for the life of me!!

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Terry on Thu, September 25, 2014 - 10:03:07 PM

Thanks so much for posting the quick fix. Bye bye annoying old file (of course huge, so it took forever for Photoshop to launch each time).

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Heidi on Fri, October 03, 2014 - 9:20:11 PM from San Diego

THANK YOU!!!!! I had 25 files of old toilets and moldy bathrooms (images for a plumbing client of mine) popping up every time I opened Photoshop, which is almost every day. Thank you thank you thank you for spending the time to post about this!

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di on Fri, October 24, 2014 - 2:22:12 AM

Thanks a bazillion!

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Mark on Sat, October 25, 2014 - 3:04:37 AM from Belgium

You should go work for Adobe…....... Thanks a lot

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Lauren Isidore on Tue, October 28, 2014 - 10:44:36 PM from Lawrenceville, GA

FINALLY, after months of the same 7 or 8 smart object files opening up every time I started Photoshop. Thank you so, so much for this fix!

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Scott on Wed, November 05, 2014 - 11:54:19 PM from Australia

Oh my! This has been happening for months and after doing some thorough research you have finally fixed it for me. I’ve had the same 8 large sized files opening on me for the past 4 months and thought there was no fix!!!! You’re an absolute gem thanks!!!!!! smile

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Chris on Mon, November 10, 2014 - 11:58:46 PM from United States

Thank you!!!

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Bea on Thu, November 13, 2014 - 6:10:41 PM

OMG THANK YOU SO MUUUUCH!

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Andy on Fri, November 21, 2014 - 9:36:24 AM from Milwaukee

This may be the most useful thing that has ever been posted on the internet.

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T M on Mon, November 24, 2014 - 12:50:50 AM from United States

That stupid ridiculous unwanted dumb ass file opening, opening, opening and what was that? Opening. Was making me throw private tantrums. Thank you and thank you again.

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Dawn on Wed, November 26, 2014 - 2:22:12 PM from chicago

thank you it was driving me crazy!!

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Jodi Buckles on Thu, January 01, 2015 - 4:47:12 PM from United States

Hi there, loved your directions, but for some reason when I go to Reveal in Finder, it is not highlighted, so I cannot choose it. Help! I really want to get these Recovered Files off my ps. Thanks so much!

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Trevor Neal on Fri, January 02, 2015 - 9:11:29 PM from Australia

Thanks so much for taking the time to share. It has been annoying me for some time also.

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Chris on Thu, January 08, 2015 - 11:46:14 AM from Philippines

GREAT! Thanks a lot!

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Kevin Nunn on Fri, January 16, 2015 - 9:16:54 AM

Just figured out a different way to do it. Sounds like Jodi is still having this issue.

While in finder go to the “Go” menu in the menu bar, then while the drop down is open, hold down Alt on your keyboard. Open the “Library”.

Navigate to “Application Support > Adobe > Adobe Photoshop CS6 > AutoRecover”. Delete the files.

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Russ K on Sat, January 31, 2015 - 5:16:20 PM

This still works.  Thanks for the help two years ago!

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John on Mon, February 02, 2015 - 3:57:36 PM

You lovely, lovely person : D

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Marcus on Sun, March 01, 2015 - 7:17:22 AM

Hate to piggy back on everything that was said, but really….THANK YOU! Very glad I stumbled onto this link. A psb file I’ve worked on was driving me crazy every single time I’ve photoshop. Please keep posting fixes!!!

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Calenna on Mon, March 23, 2015 - 1:10:50 PM from NY

Been plagued by this issue in CS6 since working on a project mid-November 2014. Your post here saved me from the brink of insanity. Cheers to YOU!!

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