Photoshop is Slow? How to Fix the Slow “New Document” Window in Adobe Photoshop (CC, 2017, 2018)

During the course of my day I get to open Adobe Photoshop at least a few times for different things: web design, screenshot work, etc.

The way I usually take screenshots is simple. I open up Photoshop, do a print screen of the desktop, switch back to Photoshop, hit CTRL + N, which creates a new document using the dimensions of my screenshot. Then I CTRL + V to paste it, save and I’m done.

After upgrading to Photoshop CC I noticed a very annoying issue with the new versions, specifically the slowness of the New Document window (CTRL + N). If Photoshop is slow for you too, I found a fix.

Slow New Document Window

Current versions of Photoshop come with a new and “improved” New Document Window and it works like shit. I find it hilarious that on my i7-7700K 4.2GHz PC (16 GB RAM, Win 10 64-bit) it takes ~10 seconds for the window to open. This is what it looks like:

How to Fix

After today’s update to Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 I decided that this needs fixing. After a quick Google search I found the stupidly simple solution.

Go to Edit > Preferences > General and check the box for Use Legacy “New Document” Interface.

Immediately after that you can continue using the old interface, which of course has no lags.

Quick and simple.

30 Replies to “Photoshop is Slow? How to Fix the Slow “New Document” Window in Adobe Photoshop (CC, 2017, 2018)”

  1. Jeff Reply

    omg, thank you so much.

  2. Joan Reply

    Thanks a million!

  3. Samantha Reply

    THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!! This was driving me NUTS!

    • Dumitru Brinzan Reply

      Hi Samantha,
      Yeah, I’ve wasted so much time waiting for this new window.
      Who knew that it takes roughly 20 seconds to fix it? :)

  4. Bob Roach Reply

    Thanks for the tip, and thanks for the morning grin.

    ‘Improved’ vs. works like shit.

    You nailed it.

  5. Shayne Pruitt Reply

    Thank you!!!!!!!! Mine was doing some other weird shit too. Once the new document interface was up, sometimes after a few seconds a previous Photoshop session with recovered files would open for about 10 seconds. if you tried to click on it, it beeped at you and wouldn’t let you do anything. Then it would just go away. It wasn’t even showing in the task manager.

    Anyway, thanks again for the tip.

  6. Chris Reply

    Thank you thank you thank you!!!1!

  7. Jody Reply

    Phew. Thank you, thank you, thank you. ๐Ÿ™‡โ€โ™€๏ธ

  8. jay Reply

    you’re a god.ty

  9. Sia Reply

    Mate, you are a legend!

  10. Yaman Reply

    I have not been opening new page on PS CC… I have been looking for the answer the question about opening new page for weeks… I did thanks to you…

    Thank you so much… God bless you

  11. gurpreet singh Reply


    Everyone, i have same problem in adobe photoshop cc i have this option but disable now, how to fix it. please let me know.

    Thank you

  12. MaryLou Reply

    You are the absolute best for creating this post. Thank you thank you!!

  13. DAVE Reply

    Thanks for taking the time to post this, life is less infuriating now!

  14. Jeff Reply


    Works like a charm! Just did the upgrade and noticed the lag.

    I was about to throw a chair through my cine display out of frustration.

    This fixed it immeditely. Thanks!

  15. Aaron Reply

    Thank you! This has been driving me up the wall. Can’t believe it was such as simple fix.

  16. dave Reply

    yes mate. i love the way that adobe makes it software work worse than it did before well done adobe keep up the good work.

  17. Dave Bishop Reply

    You are my new best friend. THANK YOU so much for this, I’ve been on the verge of setting fire to my Mac and thowing the lot out of my 23rd story office window.

  18. Evan Reply

    THANK YOU for the quick, efficient, and functional advice!!! You literally probably just saved a computer from being Office Spaced. haha

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  20. Fred Reply

    Thanks a MILLION!
    Such an easy fix to a super annoying problem!
    Greetings from a (now) happy photoshoper in Sweden!

  21. Jim Reply

    Thank you! This was driving me nuts.

  22. Johanna Reply

    THANK YOU! I can’t believe Adobe is making life harder with its ridiculous “new improvements”. I have brand new macbook pro, and the new window is still takind several seconds!!

  23. JulioLaker Reply

    OMG this has just improved my efficiency by about an hour a day! I though my new Macbook had processing issues!!!!!

  24. Kani Reply

    Thank you Dumitru! I was stuck with this issue for a while and this resolved it. Now it is running very efficient and without no issues. Wish you the best man and will be recommending and sharing this.

  25. Rob Redcay Reply

    You deserve the Nobel Peace Prize for this. This has caused me 10 seconds of frustration thousands of times and no more!

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  27. Sarah Curran Reply

    OMG, it’s immediately fixed. THANK YOU!!!

  28. Katie Reply

    Thank you, this was driving me nuts!

  29. Murat Ozyucekok Reply

    awww thank you, massive help!!!!! bless u!

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