Adobe Creative Cloud's Synchronized Workspace - dummies

Adobe Creative Cloud’s Synchronized Workspace

By Jennifer Smith

One thing you immediately notice when opening applications in Adobe Creative Cloud is the synchronized workspace. All the applications look similar and have the same set of features to help you organize your workspace.

The tools in InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop appear on a space-saving, single-column toolbar, and panels are arranged in convenient, self-adjusting docks that you can widen to full size or narrow so that the panels are collapsed to icons.

Here are some pointers to help you navigate the workspace in the Creative Cloud applications:

  • To expand tools to two columns, click the right-facing double arrows on the gray bar at the top of the Tools panel, as you see in this figure.

  • To collapse tools to a single column, click the left-facing double arrows on the gray bar at the top of the Tools panel.


  • To expand a docked panel, simply click the icon in the docking area, as shown in the figure. The panel you selected expands but goes away when you select a different panel.

    If you have difficulty identifying the panel, you can choose the panel you want from the Window menu.


  • To expand all docked panels, click the left-facing double-arrow icon at the top of the docking area; put away the panels by clicking the right-facing double-arrow icon in the gray bar above them.

  • To undock a panel, simply click the tab (where the panel name is located) and drag it out of the docking area. You can re-dock the panel by dragging the panel back into the docking area.