Learn how to open Creative Cloud apps after installation.

Where are my apps?

When you download and install Creative Cloud apps, they are installed in the same location where your applications are normally installed, such as the Program Files folder (Windows) or the Applications folder (Mac OS).

With Creative Cloud desktop app, you can easily see all your Creative Cloud apps at a glance and launch them with a click. You can also launch your apps the same way you normally launch any app on your computer, from their installed location.

Launch apps using Creative Cloud desktop app

  1. Click the Creative Cloud desktop icon  to launch the app from the taskbar (Windows) or menu bar (macOS). You can also launch it as follows:

    • Windows: Choose Start > Programs > Adobe Creative Cloud. 
    • macOS: Choose Go > Applications > Adobe Creative Cloud > Adobe Creative Cloud.


    To download the Adobe Creative Cloud desktop app manually, visit the Creative Cloud desktop app page.

  2. To launch an installed app, go to the Apps panel and scroll to the app you want to open.


    A few apps, such as Touch App Plugins or Gaming SDK, can’t be launched from the Creative Cloud desktop app. To launch these apps, use the alternate method described below (launching apps from installed location).

  3. Click Open to launch the app.

Launch apps from installed location

Mac OS

The Creative Cloud desktop app downloads and installs apps in the Applications folder. Use the Finder to navigate to the Applications folder, and then double-click the app's icon to launch the application.

For easier access to an app, you can drag the app’s icon to the Dock. For more information, see Mac Basics: The Dock on the Apple website.

Applications folder

Windows 8

Creative Cloud desktop app installs your apps in the Program Files folder. It also creates shortcuts in the Start screen or the Start menu.

Launch your installed apps from the Start screen. Access the Start screen using the Windows key or icon. Scroll the screen to locate the app, and then click to launch it.

For more information, see Start Screen tutorial on the Microsoft website.

Start screen

Windows 7

When your Creative Cloud app is installed, app shortcuts are added to the Windows product menus. Choose Start > All Programs and then click the app.

For easier access, you can pin the shortcut to the taskbar. Choose Start > All Programs, right-click the application name, and choose Pin to Taskbar.

Pin to Taskbar

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