Common Menus in Adobe CS5 - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

Menus contain options and commands that control particular parts or functions of each program. You may have the option of opening a dialog box, which is used to enter settings or preferences or to add something to a document.

A menu may also contain commands that perform a particular action. For example, you may save the file as a result of selecting a particular command in a menu. Menus that commonly appear in the CS5 programs are:

  • File: Contains many commands 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.

  • 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 snapping on and off.

  • Window: Contains options primarily used to open or close whatever panels are available in the program. 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 program. This menu may also include information about updating the software, registration, and tutorials.

Adobe Design Premium on the Mac has an additional menu that bears the name of the program itself. This menu includes options for showing or hiding the program on the screen, setting preferences, and opening documents that provide information about the software.


Notice that more menus are available in the programs. Each program has additional, program-specific menus determined by the specific needs of whichever software you’re using.

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. Which additional menus exist in each program is determined by what the software is designed to do.