Create and Edit Custom Flash CS5 Workspace Layouts - dummies

Create and Edit Custom Flash CS5 Workspace Layouts

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

Your Adobe Flash Creative Suite 5 workspace consists of all the Flash CS5 panels and tools you rely on, so why not take some time to customize it? You can save the position and appearance of these essential components by creating custom workspace layouts.

Workspace layouts take a snapshot of the appearance and position of panels you’re using so that you can recall that same configuration at any time. You can save as many workspace layouts as you want for different projects or different designers who may share the same computer with you.

Flash CS5 comes with several layout presets: Animator, Classic, Debug, Designer, Developer, Essentials, and Small Screen. You can select and use these layouts as a starting point for a new workspace layout or to reset the workspace. The default layouts can’t be deleted or overwritten (even by saving a layout under the same name).

Before creating a new workspace layout, open any panels you need, close any panels you don’t use often, and position and size them exactly how you think is best. All panels can be toggled on or off from the Window menu. Grouping options for each panel are available under their respective panel menus, or you can drag and drop panels on top of one another to group them.

To create a new workspace layout, follow these steps:

  1. Position all panels and toolbars as you want to see them.

  2. Group any panels or resize individual panels and groups.

    You can also collapse any panels or groups to Icon mode to maximize the screen area.

  3. Choose Window→Workspace→New Workspace.

    A dialog box appears, prompting you to name the new layout.

  4. Enter a name for the new layout in the Name text box and click OK.

    The new workspace is created.

  5. Choose Window→Workspace.

    You see the new workspace as an available selection.

Choose Window→Workspace to recall, save, reset, or manage your workspace layouts.