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Change Your Preferences in Adobe Creative Cloud

By Jennifer Smith

Setting your preferences in Adobe CC is important when you’re working with new software. Understanding what your preferences can do for you gives you a good idea about what the software does. All applications in the Creative Cloud have different preferences; however, the way the Preferences dialog box works in each application is the same.

You can open the Preferences dialog box in each application by choosing Edit→Preferences (Windows) or Application Name→Preferences→General (Mac). The Preferences dialog box opens, as shown in this figure. Click an item in the list on the left side of the dialog box to navigate from one topic to the next.


The Preferences dialog box contains a great number of settings you can control by entering values into text fields using drop-down lists, buttons, check boxes, sliders, and other, similar controls. Preferences can be quite detailed.

However, you don’t have to know what each preference does or even change any of them: Most dialog boxes containing preferences are quite detailed in outlining which features the preferences control and are therefore intuitive to use.

Adobe also sometimes includes a Description area near the bottom of the dialog box. When you hover the mouse over a particular control, a description of that control appears in the Description area.

In some Preferences dialog boxes, a list box on the left side of the dialog box contains the categories of preferences you can change. When you finish changing the settings in that topic, select a new topic from the list and change the settings for another topic.

In some applications, not all settings you can modify are in the Preferences dialog box. For example, in Illustrator, you can change the color settings by choosing Edit→Color Settings to open the Color Settings dialog box. When you hover the mouse pointer over a particular drop-down list or button, a description of that control appears at the bottom of this extremely useful dialog box.

By launching Adobe Bridge and choosing Edit→Color Settings, you can change your color preferences across all Creative Cloud applications at one time, as shown in this figure.


In many Creative Cloud applications, you have the option to specify your main preferences for the overall document, such as setting up page dimensions, number of pages in the document, or page orientation (landscape or portrait). You can access these kinds of options by choosing the following command in each application:

  • File→New: Dreamweaver

  • File→Document Setup: Illustrator and InDesign

  • Image→Image Size: Photoshop

This figure shows the Image Size dialog box.