Lightroom Classic: Reset Preferences should save a backup of the preferences

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Reset Preferences (Alt/Opt + Shift when starting LR) should make a time-stamped copy of the current preferences file, and it should give the user the option of restoring preferences from one of the recent copies.

This would directly help the myriad users who are told to "reset preferences" when anything goes wonky in the user interface, making it easier for them to restore their original preferences in the frequent case when resetting doesn't help.

And it would make it easier for Adobe product developers to track down the bug(s) in the preferences design that "corrupts" them so frequently.  When a user on the forums reports that resetting solved their problem, we could ask them to send the previous version of the preferences file to Adobe for an autopsy.

This would be very simple to implement.  The Reset Preferences dialog would give the user these options:

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Reset Lightroom preferences?

[Start Normally]
[Reset Preferences, Making a Backup Copy]
[Restore Preferences from a Backup Copy]
[Show in Finder/Explorer]
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The [Restore Preferences from a Backup Copy] button would pop up a list of previously saved copies of the preferences file, letting the user choose one.
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John R. Ellis, Champion

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Posted 6 days ago

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Tim McMahon

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Great idea!  I've very seldom had issues with Lightroom but the tohught of having to remember and restore existing preferences has always put me off resetting prefs as a fix option.
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Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen, Champion

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Love that idea.
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Anthony Blackett

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Yes, a good idea. I usually make my own backup of the preferences file before trying a reset because I have learned that resetting often doesn't fix my problem, so then I can manually restore my prefs from the backup.
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Carlos Cardona

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It’s unanimous!