Change Your Preferences in CS5 - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

You can open the Preferences dialog box in each program by choosing Edit→Preferences (Windows) or Program Name→Preferences→General (Mac). The Preferences dialog box opens. 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 different 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 programs, 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 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→Creative Suite Color Settings, you can change your color preferences across all Design Premium programs at one time, as shown.