Lightroom: Ability to delete the default develop presets

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[You can now hide the built-in presets in LR 7.3 using a free plugin or manually with a multi-step recipe.  --John Ellis]

It is now possible, though tedious, to delete the built-in presets in LR 7.3 and later. See this recipe: --John Ellis]

I really would like to be able to delete the develop presets that ships with LR3. I don't use them as they are in the way of my own presets when using the Library Module.
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Henry Claude Blenk

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It doesn't make sense to force your users to use them, and doesn't give them an easy way to remove them, even if you install a folder where all the user presets go to.

Why don't u just install them in the "userspace" to give your users the ability to easily delete the presets they don't like?

I deleted them in all of my LR versions, but I could't get rid of the folders.
And they are disturbing me immense.
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In other parts of LR, this is done differently: E.g. for the local corrections or the file naming templates, you can delete the factory-supplied LR presets at any time, and if you want them back, simply restore them. Why not have it the same way for the development presets?
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I want the ability to remove/delete or rearrange default presets from LR.

At least in LR3 they could all be consolidated to a single folder - now they are each in their own categorized folder and I have no need for any of them, having developed my own presets that match my shooting/editing style.

While it's "not much space" taken, it is jarring to have to skim over the extra folders, and constantly make sure not to organize my presets without a number at the beginning so they fall above the defaults. I can't even rearrange them to suit my own organizational preference.

Being software developed for photographers - and many of them working into advanced skills, I know there are others who would like the same option.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
LR4 Default Presets - ability to delete/rearrange/rename.
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PLEASE allow us to delete the default Lightroom Develop Presets!
I hate scrolling through presets that I do not use or want to get to my presets that I DO use. It is a waste of my valuable time! Even if I delete the presets in the folder, they still appear. Make them go away PLEASE or at least allow us to turn them OFF so all we see are the presets we WANT to see.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom: Please let us remove the default Develop Presets.
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Here's a full recipe for hiding and deleting all of the built-in presets, on both Windows and Mac, with step-by-step for those not familiar with Photoshop, Camera Raw, or Mac Finder packages. (Nearly all CC subscribers will have access to Photoshop and Cameraw Raw.) (This recipe merges previous posts with partial recipes.)

1. In LR Library, select a photo and do the menu command Photo > Edit In > Open As Smart Object In Photoshop.

2. In Photoshop, if you don't see the Layers panel, do Window > Layers.

3. In the Layers panel, double-cick on the thumbnail to open the photo in Camera Raw:

4. In Camera Raw, click on the Presets tab (A):

5. Then right-click each preset folder (now called a "preset set") and do Hide Preset Set (B).

6. Delete the "Classic" presets provided by LR:

Mac: a) In Finder, do the menu command Go > Go To Folder and paste in the following path:

Lightroom Classic CC/Adobe Lightroom Classic

Click Go. Delete the subfolder "Presets". 

b) In FInder, do Go > Go To Folder and paste in the following path:

Lightroom Classic CC/Adobe Lightroom Classic

Click Go. Delete the subfolder "Classic".

Windows: In File Explorer, delete these two folders:

Files\Adobe\Adobe Lightroom Classic CC\Resources\Settings\Classic

Files\Adobe\Adobe Lightroom Classic CC\Resources\Settings\Adobe\Presets

(You may wish to move these folders to your Documents folder, if you think you might ever wish to see the built-in presets again.)

7. Restart LR.

8. After installing a new version of LR, repeat these steps.
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Obviously, it would be much better if this were finally built-in to LR. (I voted for this idea seven years ago.) But in the meantime, this workaround can help people get their work done while patiently waiting for Adobe.
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John, thanks so much for clearing this up.  I've tried various versions with partial results.  You've made it easy and it works.  It's not quite as easy as if Adobe listened to its customers and gave us buttons to do it on top.  Regardless, thanks!
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I was skeptical but I can confirm this workaround does indeed work, thank you John.
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Official Response
The ability to delete the default develop presets has been modified to allow you to hide them instead as of Version 7.4, We are closing this as implemented. We hope it helps keep your workspace tighter!