Options Bar in Photoshop Elements 10 Organizer - dummies

Options Bar in Photoshop Elements 10 Organizer

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Above the image window and below the Shortcuts bar, you find the Options bar. The Options bar is ever-changing, offering different options when you select different tools on the Tools panel. When you click the Zoom tool, the Options bar changes. You have many similar choices for zooming in and out of images and a few options unique to the Options bar:


  • Zoom In/Zoom Out tools: You can choose Zoom In or Zoom Out as separate tools to avoid using the Alt key (Option key on the Macintosh) to toggle between the two.

  • Zoom percentage: This figure shows you the current zoom level as a percentage. You can edit the text by typing values between 5 and 3200.

  • Zoom slider: Click the down-pointing arrow to open a slider bar. Drag the slider left to zoom out or right to zoom in.

  • Resize Windows to Fit: Select this check box to resize the window along with the image zoom. Deselect the box to zoom in and out of an image while the image window remains at a fixed size.

  • Zoom All Windows: If you have multiple images open and select this check box, zooming with the Zoom tool zooms all open documents simultaneously.

  • 1:1: Click this button to zoom the current window to a 1-to-1 ratio, showing the zoom level at which the file will be printed.

  • Fit Screen: Click to fit the image within the image window.

  • Fill Screen: Click to zoom the current window to fill the screen.

  • Print Size: Click to zoom the image to the size of the print file. Often, this option shows you the same size as 1:1.