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How to Get Rid of Photoshop’s “Save to Creative Cloud” Popup

an image of Photoshop's "Save to Creative Cloud" popup.
Andrew Heinzman / Review Geek

You can’t use Photoshop without running into some annoyance or inconvenience—that’s just Photoshop! But the file exporting process is especially awful, and it’s only gotten worse with Adobe’s new “Save to Creative Cloud” popup. Thankfully, you can disable this popup to speed up the exporting process.

Update, 6/13/22: Adobe changed the “File Handing” preferences in Photoshop version 23.3.2. This article is updated to reflect those changes.

If you are using an older version of Photoshop, follow the process listed below until you get to Photoshop’s “File Handing” preferences. Then, uncheck the “Default save to Creative Cloud” box.

Adobe added this “Save to Creative Cloud” popup to Photoshop version 23.1.1, which launched in February of 2022. It appears every time you try to save or export a file, making it a neat feature for Creative Cloud fans and a pain in the butt for everyone else.

an image of the File Handling menu in Photoshop
Note: This screenshot is from Photoshop version 23.3.2. Andrew Heinzman / Review Geek

Disabling the new popup is pretty easy. On a Mac, you should enter Photoshop’s Preferences (Command + K), navigate to the “File Handling” tab, and find the “Default File Location” dropdown menu. Select “on your computer” as the default location.

On a Windows PC, click the “Edit” tab at the top of Photoshop’s window and select “Preferences.” Then, navigate to “File Handling” and open the “Default File Location” dropdown menu. Select “on your computer” to stop the annoying Creative Cloud popups.

Once you disable the Creative Cloud popup, Photoshop will revert to its normal exporting behavior. The app will open your file explorer in the last place you saved or imported an image—just as it should.

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