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My question is easy.

I remember a function in an older version of Photoshop where I could say Photoshop to preview things I move around in lower quality to improve performance.

Where can I activate it in Photoshop CC? Or doesn't it exist anymore?

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I've been using Photoshop for a long time and there's still features I don't know about or don't know well so this is certainly possible but I really don't think you're right. I'm guessing you're thinking of InDesign which has Display Performance:

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In Photoshop you can do other things to improve performance such as Cache Options and Graphic Card settings and such. Two things you might consider are:

Turning off animated zoom: Open Photoshop → Preferences → General → Animated Zoom & Enable Flick Panning → “Unchecked”

Turn off Layer Thumbnails: Open Photoshop → Layers Panel → Layers Panel Menu (dropdown) → Panel Options → “None”

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Since the thumbnails have to constantly update as well this can really improve performance. But the sacrifice is no layer preview. Gotta be your choice. For more ways here's a good link:

How To Optimize Photoshop For Better Performance by David McKinney

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