Delete Preferences Option

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Considering the number of times I see the answer is to delete the preferences file and restart Lightroom, it would be nice if Adobe added two small features.
1. On an error in the preferences file, prompt the user that such an error exists and ask if you would like to reset the preferences to the defaults and restart Lightroom.
2. Somewhere on a menu, have the ability to delete preferences and restart Lightroom.
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"2. Somewhere on a menu, have the ability to delete preferences and restart Lightroom."

That functionality is present in LR CC 2015 / 6 in a slightly different form: Hold down Shift + Alt (Windows) or Shift + Opt (Mac) when starting LR, and you'll be asked if you want to reset the preferences.  https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/kb/preference-file-and-other-file-locations---lightroom-6.html
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Yup, that resets the preferences. But it does not always work. I have often seen the recommendation to delete the preferences file(s) and that works when the reset does not. (This is mostly in relation to strange behavior, such as dealing with second screens, color management, layout, fonts, GPU....)
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"I have often seen the recommendation to delete the preferences file(s) and that works when the reset does not."

Hmm, I've monitored this forum and the user-to-user forum closely for many years and don't recall seeing any posts about that (though it's possible I missed them). Would you be able to point us at one?

I just checked LR 2015.7 / Windows 10 with a system-monitoring tool and verified that it is deleting the file "Lightroom 6 Preferences.agprefs" when you start with Shift + Alt: