Elements 15: Open Recently Edited File list

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I recently upgraded to Elements 15. My OS is Windows 7 Professional.


When I try to use Open Recently Edited File, it shows an old list. This list doesn't update with the most recent files I've edited.

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Wayne Orlicki

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Orlando Zidar

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Hi, I have the same problem...

Actually, when the list of recently edited files reaches 100 (which is maximum), it stops updating.

I am using Photoshop Elements (2,8,10,12 and now version 15) nearly 10 years now, but Elements 15 obviously has bugs...

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Hi,

Can you please try resetting preferences once and see if recently used file list starts building properly? It might be getting corrupt past certain counter; need to check that.

Thanks
andaleeb
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Orlando Zidar

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Hi.
I reset preferences 3 days ago, but it seems that in average every 5-th edited photo is on the list...
There is no photo on the list from today,  so it must have been stopped updating yesterday...
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Having the same problem.  Andaleeb, what do you mean by "resetting preferences"?
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Tom Gettys

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There is a more extensive discussion about this bug here: https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2222621

One of the members has a partial fix, namely to occasionally delete the MachinePrefs.psp file.

Is there a way to open an official bug report (or ticket or whatever it is called here)?
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I can now personally confirm that the recently edited list does stop updating, and that deleting the MachinePrefs.psp file does work by wiping the list clean.  What other information am I losing by deleting this file?   This workaround is worrisome and a hassle.

Is Adobe responsive to bug reports, by at least acknowledging them?  Should I do something else to report this so they know about it??
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Bob Johnson

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2 years and still no fix from Adobe. Wow.
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Michel BRETECHER, Champion

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Adobe never updates older Elements versions, only the current one which is PSE 2018 (a new PSE2019 is expected beginning of October...) The bug was fixed in PSE2018.
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Bob Johnson

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Typically ADOBE. We have to pay for a bug fix because they're too cheap to support their customers like other companies do. Figures.
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Craig Schiller

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Ditto. I have the same problem. Please fix this - it's annoying.
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Stephanie Barry

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Same problem here.  With my previous version, I used this feature frequently.  Ditto - annoying.
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Carol Henderson

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I'm having the same problem and tried to reset preferences but I can't locate the %appdata% or the Editor folder.
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Craig Schiller

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You don't need that to reset preferences in PSE15. Look under Edit | Preference | General and you'll see a large rectangular button at the bottom that says "Reset preferences on next launch". Do that. However, I don't think that will solve this particular problem.
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Kathleen Madeline

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I've had the same problem.
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Richard Barnum

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Don't see a fix for this and Adobe is impossible to get a response from.  They offer a package which includes Premiere Elements 15, this program has a bug which causes it to not recognize your DVD burner.  I did get ahold of them on this one and they told me, they were aware but had not scheduled date for a fix.  Kind of disappointed in them, they really could do better with these issues.

Rich
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Richard Barnum

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If you need a fix for the Premiere Elements burning to DVD not recognized issue, all you need to do is burn the copy to your desktop in ISO image and then open any free-standing burner or download a free one off the internet.  Burn using that program.  Pretty lame but the best we can do for now.

Rich
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I found a workaround to this bug in the PSE 15, not too difficult, would suggest copy and paste it into a document so you can use it again later.  This resets the number count on Open Recently Edited list to zero.  Once you reach 100 it will stop working again and you will have to redo the process.  I tried it and it works well and does not effect your photos or files just the counter in PSE 15.  Came from a board and a man named Andreas.  https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2238079

Enjoy!
Rich

"I've figured it out:

Open c:\Users\your name\AppData\Roaming\Photoshop Elements\15.0\Editor\*.*

there you will see the file "MachinePrefs.psp" which contains the info about the last opened image files. If the list has reached the number 100 it stops to accept new image numbers.

It should, however, like in previous PSE versions, store the last file number and simply move position 99 to position 100, and so on. This doesn't (yet?) work with PSE15.

Now delete the "MachinePrefs.psp" file and you will have after the next opening of PSE15 again 100 positions available.

Andreas"

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Craig Schiller

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You don't view or open it. You delete it and let the program generate a new blank one. This will work until the list fills up again.
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Mikell Robinson

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Thank you, Craig.  Can you tell you are dealing with an old woman here?  I appreciate your clarifying what likely should have been obvious to me in the first place.  I appreciate your taking the time to do so. 
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Craig, yep, how much clearer could it have been?  "Now delete the "MachinePrefs.psp" file and you will have after the next opening of PSE15 again 100 positions available."  I have no idea how I missed that last part. Thanks again for callng it to my attention.  I am a retired teacher, and I do remember telling my students to read the test all the way through, every word, to the end.  I just flunked this 'test.'  Thanks again.

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Glad to help, Mikell.
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Here's what worked for me.  The above didn't quite do it.  This did
  • Make sure PSE15 is NOT open.
  • Delete "MachinePrefs.psp."  (The file may be in the folder: c:\Users\your name\AppData\Roaming\Photoshop Elements\15.0\Editor OR you may have to insert Adobe between Roaming and Photoshop Elements)
  • Reboot you computer.
  • Open PSE15.  My list was cleared.
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I'm using Windows 7 Professional with Elements 15 and deleting the Machine Prefs.psp file does nothing. The same list continues to show up. I have other issues with Elements 15 - it is limiting the # of brush sets I can install - when I install a new set, it deletes one. I wondered if there was a Windows file Elements is reading as far as recently opened files but I can't find one.
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Make sure that you have Elements 15 closed when you delete the file. It should work.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop Elements 15 - "Open Recently Edited File" list won't update. Any idea h....

"Recently Edited File" list will not update on the File>Open menu of PSE 15.
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In the list of similar queries displayed on the right side of this forum, there is a thread about the same problem in an older version of Photoshop CC:
https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/just-updated-latest-cc-2015-windows-8-1-open-...

My guess is that it may be a bug inherited from Photoshop as that happens sometimes... The code of Elements is updated from Photoshop regularly. That's good for improvements, but for bugs...
That would mean that the fix is available now (good thing), but not yet applied to Elements. No new dot release yet.  I am afraid we'll have to wait for the next version in October!
The workaround indicated above only solves the problem for maximum 100 files before resetting the machine.prefs.
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I was thrilled when I found this thread.  I thought it was only me that was having this issue.  Does anyone know if Adobe has acknowledged the issue and said that they are working on a patch?
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Maybe someone could post the solution so we can ALL have it?
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You did not read ALL the posts in this thread.
- There is not yet an available update for that issue
- anyway, it could not be POSTED here
- The present workaround is explained in detail in the present discussion.
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"Thank you for getting back to me.I was contacted a day or so after posting my query and the matter was resolved."

I guess you were talking about some other matter that was resolved?  I assumed it was the matter of the Recently Edited list not working properly.  
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Adobe stated in that post in April that:
I"ts a known issue & our engineering team is working on it right now."
Now it's june...
I would suggest you all request a solution in that thread:
https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2306390
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Elements Photoshop 15 will not change the Recently Opened files list.

Elements Photoshop 15 will not update the Recently Opened Files list so how can I change this?
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This has been fixed in PSE2018.
Unfortunately, no update for PSE15.