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I don't know what setting changed, but every time I start up Photoshop 7 for Windows, View → Extras is checked, and a grid overlay appears on the image pane.

I'd like to set the default to View → Extras being unchecked / unticked when I start Photoshop.

There does not appear to be an obvious way to set this configuration within the application.

How can I make Photoshop 7 not show extras when I start up the program?

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Have you tried changing it with no document open? –  Scott Dec 5 '13 at 20:54
Define "it", please; I haven't found an "it" to change. –  JoshDM Dec 5 '13 at 21:43
Checking View > Extras with no document open. Specifically View > Show > Show Extras Options... –  Scott Dec 5 '13 at 22:10
For me in CS5, View → Extras is a disabled menu option if I have no document open –  JohnB Dec 5 '13 at 22:28
It might be due to 'Show Transform Controls' is checked in the Menubar? –  Sal Con Jan 22 at 15:28

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Figured it out in CS6

Click on

View > Show > None

Then exit and reopen and you're fixed. "Extras" won't be on by default anymore.

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Nice find. This feels like a bug indeed. –  CleverCoder Nov 9 '14 at 6:51

In CS5, I have the same behavior. There might be a workaround for you, but I can't confirm that it works in PS7. try the following:

  1. Open up View → Show → Show Extras Options...
  2. Uncheck everything

For me, Mesh still persistently "re-checked" itself when I closed and re-opened Photoshop (as did View → Extras), but everything else remained unchecked.

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That doesn't solve it either. I tried unchecking all those things but I still have the same problem. "Extra" is always checked and not sure why. –  Mastro Sep 8 '14 at 16:32
@Mastro I said at the end of the post that Mesh and Extras will still be checked but not anything else –  JohnB Sep 8 '14 at 16:43

I found the answer on CS5! on the menu bar, there is an icon with rulers, and a drop down list. Uncheck the items you dont want to show and next time you open an image it will not have the grids, rulers, guides that you have unchecked. menu bar menu bar close up

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Try starting Photoshop with Shift+Command+Option held down to reset Preferences to defaults (Shift+Ctrl+Alt on Windows).

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