Workspace Basics:

Overview of the Workspace

About screen modes

You can change the visibility of the illustration window and menu bar using the mode options at the bottom of the Tools panel:

  • Maximized Screen Mode displays artwork in a maximized window with a menu bar at the top, scroll bars on the sides, and no title bar.

  • Standard Screen Mode displays artwork in a standard window, with a menu bar at the top and scroll bars on the sides.

  • Full Screen Mode with Menu Bar displays artwork in a full-screen window with a menu bar but with no title bar or scroll bars.

  • Full Screen Mode displays artwork in a full-screen window, with no title bar, menu bar, or scroll bars.


Using the status bar

The status bar appears at the lower-left edge of the illustration window when you’re in Maximized Screen mode. It displays the current zoom level and information about one of the following topics: the current tool in use, the date and time, the number of undos and redos available, the document color profile, or the status of a managed file.

Click the status bar to do any of the following:

  • Change the type of information displayed in the status bar by selecting an option from the Show submenu.

  • Show the current file in Adobe Bridge by choosing Reveal In Bridge.

  • Access Version Cue® commands.

Enter values in panels and dialog boxes

You enter values using the same methods in all panels and dialog boxes. You can also perform simple math in any box that accepts numeric values. For example, if you want to move a selected object 3 units to the right using the current measurement units, you don’t have to work out the new horizontal position—simply type +3 after the current value in the Transform panel.

To enter a value in a panel or dialog box

Do any of the following:

Control panel overview

The Control panel offers quick access to options related to the objects you select. By default, the Control panel is docked at the top of the work area.

Options displayed in the Control panel vary depending on the type of object or tool you select. For example, when you select a text object, the Control panel displays text-formatting options in addition to options for changing the color, placement, and dimensions of the object.


When text in the Control panel is blue and underlined, you can click the text to display a related panel or dialog box. For example, click the word Stroke to display the Stroke panel.