Adobe Creative Cloud: Common Menus - dummies

By Jennifer Smith

When you work with applications in Adobe Creative Cloud, you’ll notice that many of the menus on the main menu bar are the same. Similar functionality makes finding important features easy, even when you’re completely new to the software.

Menu items contain features that control much of the functionality in each application. A menu item may also contain features that are related to a particular task. For example, you might save from the File menu, or change your text in the Type menu. Some of the menu items that commonly appear in the Creative Cloud applications include the following:

  • File: Contains many features that control the overall document, such as creating, opening, saving, printing, and setting general properties for the document. The File menu may also include options for importing or exporting data into or from the current document.

  • Edit: Contains options and commands for editing the current document. Commands include copying, pasting, and selecting as well as options for opening preferences and setting dialog boxes that are used to control parts of the document. Commands for spell-checking and transforming objects are also common parts of the Edit menu.

  • Type: Contains options related to type and typesetting, such as font selection, size, leading, and more.

  • View: Contains options for changing the level of magnification of the document. The View menu also sometimes includes options for viewing the workspace in different ways; showing rules, grids, or guides; and turning alignment snapping on and off. Snapping helps with precise placement of selection edges, cropping marquees, slices, shapes, and paths.

  • Window: Contains options primarily used to open or close whatever panels are available in the application. You can also choose how to view the workspace and save a favorite arrangement of the workspace.

  • Help: Contains the option to open the Help documentation that’s included with the application. This menu may also include information about updating the software, registration, and tutorials.

This figure shows a list of items that appear under the File menu in Photoshop.

Menus in Photoshop let you choose and control different options.
Menus in Photoshop let you choose and control different options.

Each application has additional application-specific menus determined by the needs of the software. For example, you can use the Photoshop Image menu to resize the image or document, rotate the canvas, and duplicate the image, among other functions.

InDesign has a Layout menu you can use to navigate the document, edit page numbering, and access controls for creating and editing the document’s table of contents.