Photoshop: How or where do I specify the default file type? (in Preferences?)

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Photoshop CC used to keep the file type the same during a "Save as" unless I clicked the file type drop down menu and changed it (or if I had done something that required the .psd type). If the file was .jpg, then it retained the .jpg as the default. Now, after the latest update, if I do almost anything at all to the image, or sometimes even nothing at all, it switches to .psd automatically and I have to select the .jpg to Save it OR Save as.

For example, I just opened a .jpg file, cropped it, and tried to Save as. The default file type was now .psd instead of .jpg. I noticed the layer name had automatically changed from "Background" to "Layer 0", which is probably what caused the default file type to change to .psd. It never used to do that. If I Flatten the image, it defaults to .jpg again, but that's an unnecessary extra step, just like using the File Type drop down menu to respecify the .jpg when PS wants to use .psd.

I usually save modified images (that don't have new layers or something else that requires a .psd type) as a .jpg in a different directory, with a new or even the same file name. Having to change the file type each time is annoying and a waste of time.

How do I specify a default file type, or specify keeping it the same file type without using the drop down menu each time?
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> The default file type was now .psd instead of .jpg. I noticed the layer name had automatically changed from "Background" to "Layer 0", which is probably what caused the default file type to change to .psd. It never used to do that. If I >

You need to check in the Options bar when you crop an image that the Delete Pixels icon is enabled. As I recall, it is not enabled by default, and will preserve pixels. When it does that, it's saving "big data" outside the boundaries and automatically converts to a Layer 0. 

This is actually a blessing, but first you have to set the Delete/Preserve pixel data icon is set up the way you want. Then it will remember this session to session if you don't change it, and your JPEG, set with Delete pixels active, won't turn into a PSD file.

There is no way to specify a default file type for save. There can't be, as you have discovered, since some files can retain layers and transparency, while others cannot. You'll get the Save A Copy warning if you try to save to a format that does not support the current state of the file.
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Yes!! That is the magic sauce I needed. Somehow I must have had Delete Cropped Pixels set before and it probably got unset as the default in a recent update. I remember wondering what the Delete Cropped Pixels does. Now I know. Thanks!!
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Howdy Tyger,

That also makes sense.  If a file has attributes that the file format doesn't support, we'll prompt you to save it as a PSD so you don't lose data fidelity.  Cropped pixels that aren't deleted would be one example.  Multiple layers for most file types is another.

Thanks, Cristen, for the quick response!
David