Do one the following:
- (Windows) Choose Edit > Preferences > User Interface.
- (Mac OS) Choose Illustrator > Preferences > User Interface.
You can create a custom workspace by moving and manipulating Document windows and panels. You can also save workspaces and switch among them.
When you open more than one file, the Document windows are tabbed.
A dock is a collection of panels or panel groups displayed together, generally in a vertical orientation. You dock and undock panels by moving them into and out of a dock.
To dock a panel, drag it by its tab into the dock, at the top, bottom, or in between other panels.
To dock a panel group, drag it by its title bar (the solid empty bar above the tabs) into the dock.
To remove a panel or panel group, drag it out of the dock by its tab or title bar. You can drag it into another dock or make it free-floating.
You can prevent panels from filling all the space in a dock. Drag the bottom edge of the dock up so it no longer meets the edge of the workspace.
As you move panels, you see blue highlighted drop zones, areas where you can move the panel. For example, you can move a panel up or down in a dock by dragging it to the narrow blue drop zone above or below another panel. If you drag to an area that is not a drop zone, the panel floats freely in the workspace.
The position of the mouse (rather than the position of the panel), activates the drop zone, so if you can’t see the drop zone, try dragging the mouse to the place where the drop zone should be.
To move a panel, drag it by its tab.
To move a panel group, drag the title bar.
A. Title bar B. Tab C. Drop zone
Press Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac OS) while moving a panel to prevent it from docking. Press Esc while moving the panel to cancel the operation.
If you remove all panels from a dock, the dock disappears. You can create a dock by moving panels to the right edge of the workspace until a drop zone appears.
To remove a panel, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac) its tab and then select Close, or deselect it from the Window menu.
To add a panel, select it from the Window menu and dock it wherever you want.
To move a panel into a group, drag the panel’s tab to the highlighted drop zone in the group.
To rearrange panels in a group, drag a panel’s tab to a new location in the group.
To remove a panel from a group so that it floats freely, drag the panel by its tab outside the group.
To move a group, drag the title bar (the area above the tabs).
When you drag a panel out of its dock but not into a drop zone, the panel floats freely. The floating panel allows you to position it anywhere in the workspace. You can stack floating panels or panel groups so that they move as a unit when you drag the topmost title bar.
To stack floating panels, drag a panel by its tab to the drop zone at the bottom of another panel.
To change the stacking order, drag a panel up or down by its tab.
Note: Be sure to release the tab over the narrow drop zone between panels, rather than the broad drop zone in a title bar.
To remove a panel or panel group from the stack, so that it floats by itself, drag it out by its tab or title bar.
To minimize or maximize a panel, panel group, or stack of panels, double-click a tab. You can also double-click the tab area (the empty space next to the tabs).
To resize a panel, drag any side of the panel. Some panels, such as the Color panel in Photoshop, cannot be resized by dragging.
You can collapse panels to icons to reduce clutter on the workspace. In some cases, panels are collapsed to icons in the default workspace.
Access the panel menus using the icon on the upper-right corner of the panel.
You can customize the interface to sport one of following available color options: Dark, Medium Dark, Medium Light, and Light.
Do one the following:
Choose the desired interface color from the following Brightness options: Dark, Medium Dark, Medium Light, and Light.
Choose a Canvas Color from the following options:
You can scale the user interface of Illustrator based on your screen resolution. When you launch Illustrator with fresh preference settings, it identifies your screen resolution and adjusts the application scale factor accordingly.
Note: The UI scaling is not supported for Windows 7 and for screens with low resolution.
To scale the user interface on your screen, perform the following steps:
Do one of the following to open the user interface preferences:
On the User Interface preferences tab, click the UI Scaling slider to increase or decrease the scaling of the UI based on your screen resolution.
You can check the preview of the scaled UI, which is displayed next to the slider, as shown in the figure below:
Select the Scale Cursor Proportionately option to scale the cursor icons in proportion to the UI.
Relaunch Illustrator to apply the updated settings. If you do not relaunch Illustrator now, the changes will take effect the next time when you launch Illustrator.
To rename a workspace, select it, and edit the text.
To duplicate a workspace, select it, and click the New button.
For a video on customizing the workspace based on different workflows, see www.adobe.com/go/vid0032_en.
By saving the current size and position of panels as a named workspace, you can restore that workspace even if you move or close a panel. The names of saved workspaces appear in the workspace switcher in the Application bar.
Choose Window > Workspace > Save Workspace.
Type a name for the workspace.
Select a workspace from the workspace switcher in the Application bar.
Choose Window > Workspace > Manage Workspaces, select the workspace, and then click the Delete icon.
Select the Default or Essentials workspace from the workspace switcher in the application bar.