Permanent toggling of the Pixel Grid has been removed in recent versions of Photoshop.

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In past versions of Photoshop, toggling the pixel grid using View > Show > Pixel Grid, was permanent and applied to all documents within Photoshop. Now in recent versions of Photoshop, this feature has been changed so that toggling the pixel grid only affects the document you are currently in, and must be toggled off every time you open a new document. 

For pixel artists, and others working with low-res files, the pixel grid can be incredibly distracting and unnecessary when designing at such low resolutions. For those constantly creating new photoshop documents as they work, having to turn off the pixel grid every single time a new document is opened is really annoying. 

This is obviously just a convenience issue, and perhaps there are many users out there who actually like and frequently use the pixel grid, but it still makes more sense to me that if a user doesn't like using it, that they should be able to permanently toggle it off somehow. The best solution being the ability to do both, toggling per-document in the View menu, and toggling universally in Photoshop preferences. 
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Cristen Gillespie

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That's odd. Under my View menu, Show > Pixel Grid is off, and remains between launches, new documents, opening documents, all the time. I wonder if there's something wrong with preferences getting recorded. It should be a sticky setting, and indeed is here on both my Macs, one running El Cap and the other running High Sierra. Perhaps if you tried deleting your prefs and starting over with fresh ones? (Don't forget, as many do, to save any preset files you've recently created and not saved to your hard drive)
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I don't know what happened but now it's working for me. 
For months I've had to deal with this pixel grid issue. Reinstalling Photoshop and trying whatever other tricks I thought might work, but to no avail. 
Yesterday I finally contacted Adobe support, and they logged into my computer to scope it out directly, and the support rep told me in the end that Adobe had actually changed that functionality in new versions of Photoshop. That the permanent toggle of the pixel grid had been removed in new versions. So that's when I just accepted the issue and reported it on here. 
Now, magically, the next day, the functionality has returned... I haven't update anything. 
Perhaps it was a bug, and the support rep didn't know what he was talking about???
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Honestly, I have no clue. I have had gremlins show up and magically disappear with most apps. I think the rep was wrong, though, since mine is still sticky, and I am on the latest build of 2018. Maybe the rep poked something and brought it to life again. Or maybe we're both doomed to hit this snag due to reasons unknown. I don't want that pixel grid, either.