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How to Manage Flash CS5 Custom Workspace Layouts

After you create workspace layouts in Adobe Flash Creative Suite 5, you can rename, delete, or update them as needed. Deleting Flash CS5 layouts you no longer use is good practice so that you can keep the list manageable. Also rename layouts to indicate when they were created (for example, MyLayoutFeb2010).

You can manage layouts by using the Manage panel:

  • To delete a layout, choose Window→Workspace→Manage Workspaces. Select the layout you want to delete and click the Delete button. Click OK to close the Manage Workspaces dialog box. Note: You can’t undo this action, but a dialog box gives you the same warning and a chance to change your mind.

  • To rename a layout, choose Window→Workspace→Manage Workspaces. Select the layout you want to rename and click the Rename button. Enter the new name in the Name text box, click OK, and then click OK again to close the dialog box.

  • To update (or overwrite) an existing layout, recall the layout by choosing it from the Workspace menu. Make any adjustments to your workspace and choose Window→Workspace→New Workspace. When prompted, assign it the name of the layout you’re trying to update. A warning alerts you that you’re about to replace an existing layout by the same name; click OK to overwrite the layout with the new changes.

To condense right-side panels to Icon view, collapse the entire panel group by using the double arrows in the upper right corner of the screen. To hide the labels and view the icons alone, hover over the edge of the panel group until you see the double arrows. Click and drag the panel to resize it to be as narrow as possible.

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