How to Use the Synchronized Workspace in CS5 - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

You immediately notice the synchronized workspace when opening applications in the Creative Suite. All the applications look similar and have the same set of features to help you organize your workspace. The basic functionality of panels is quite similar across the programs in Adobe Creative Suite, and the purpose of all panels is the same.

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

  • To expand tools to two columns: Click the right-facing double arrows on the gray bar on top of the tools.

  • To collapse tools to a single column: Click the left-facing double arrows on the gray bar on 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.