If the panel you want to dock or group is not visible, choose it from the Window menu.
Learn how to use and manage panels, colors, language settings, preferences, and more in Adobe Bridge.
The Adobe Bridge application window consists of different panels like Content Panel, Preview Panel, Folders Panel, Favorite Panels, etc. These Panels are organized in an application window in an arrangement called a Workspace. The default workspace contains groups of panels arranged in certain layouts to help facilitate specific workflows.
You can customize a workspace by arranging panels in the layout that best suits your working style. As you rearrange panels, the other panels resize automatically to fit the window. You can create and save several custom workspaces for different tasks—for example, one for culling and the other for preview.
The following are the main components of the Adobe Bridge workspace:
Use the Menu bar to access File, Edit, View, Stacks, Label, Tools, Window, and Help and click any of these to view available application-specific drop-down menu options.
Application bar consists of Forward and Backward folder navigation, Go To Parent and Favorite folder list, Reveal Recents, Return to Application (from where Bridge launch is triggered), Get Photos from Camera and Cards, Tools to Review, Check file info, and Batch rename, Open in Camera raw, Rotate, Workspace selection and Search Field.
A. Forward and Backward folder navigation B. Go To Parent and Favorite folder list C. Reveal Recents D. Return to Application E. Get Photos from Camera and Cards F. Review G. Open in Camera Raw.. H. Rotate I. Workspace J. Search Field
Shows the path for the folder you’re viewing and allows you to navigate the directory. This bar also has Options for Preview Quality and Thumbnail Generation, Filtering options, Sort options, Change sort order, Open recently navigated folder, Create New folder, and Delete Item.
Gives you quick access to frequently browsed folders. You can also drag and drop a folder in this panel to pin that folder as a favorite.
Shows the folder hierarchy. Use it to navigate folders.
Lets you sort and filter files that appear in the Content panel.
Lets you create, locate, and open collections and smart collections.
Lets you convert your assets such as videos, PDFs, or images and export as an image file format for quick web uploads. To learn more, see asset conversion using the Export panel.
Displays files specified by the navigational menu buttons, Path bar, Favorites panel, Folders panel, or Collections panel. Margins and spacing in the Content panel have been efficiently utilized so that more thumbnails fit in the default view. You can also open multiple content tabs to display files from more than one folder simultaneously.
Displays a preview of the selected file or files. Previews are separate from, and typically larger than, the thumbnail image displayed in the Content panel. You can reduce or enlarge the preview by resizing the panel. If you are using multiple monitors, you can undock the Preview panel and place it on the second monitor to view larger-size previews.
Contains metadata information for the selected file. If multiple files are selected, shared data (such as keywords, date created, and exposure setting) is listed. For more information, see Metadata Panel.
Helps you organize your images by attaching keywords to them.
Contains options for creating PDF contact sheet. Appears when the Output workspace is selected. For more information, see Create PDF contact sheet in the Output workspace.
Lets you access Creative Cloud Libraries in Bridge. For more information, see Creative Cloud Libraries in Bridge.
Helps you to combine various tasks and stitch them together to create your workflows for repeat use. For more information, see Workflow Builder.
In addition to searching for assets in Bridge or on your computer, you can also use the Quick Search box (on the right side of the Application bar) to search for high-quality Adobe Stock illustrations, vectors, and photos. When you search, the results appear on the Adobe Stock website in your default web browser. To know more about Adobe Stock, see Adobe Stock Learn & Support.
To switch your search between Adobe Stock search and Windows (Win)/Spotlight (Mac) search options, use the drop-down list in the Quick Search box.
You can dock panels together, move them into or out of groups, and undock them so they float above the application window. As you drag a panel, drop zones—areas onto which you can move the panel—become highlighted. The drop zone you choose determines where the panel is inserted, and whether it docks or groups with other panels.
Docking zones exist along the edges of a panel, group, or window. Docking a panel places it near the existing group, resizing all groups to accommodate the new panel.
Grouping zones exist in the middle of a panel or group, and along the tab area of panels. Dropping a panel on a grouping zone stacks it with other panels.
Dock or group panels
If the panel you want to dock or group is not visible, choose it from the Window menu.
Drag the required panel onto the desired drop zone. The application docks or groups according to the type of drop zone.
Press the Ctrl key while dragging the panel to make the panel free-floating.
You can choose to present panels in a panel group in a stacked state or in a tabbed state. Stacked panels are expanded and collapsed with a single click of the mouse on the panel header, or a tap of the finger when using a touch surface. Choose the desired option from Panel Group Settings.
Undock a panel in a floating window
When you undock a panel in a floating window, you can add panels to the window and modify it similarly to the application window. You can use floating windows to use a secondary monitor, or to create workspaces like the workspaces in earlier versions of Adobe applications.
Select the panel you want to undock (if it’s not visible, choose it from the Window menu), and then do one of the following:
Choose Undock Panel or Undock Panel Group from the panel menu. Undock Panel Group undocks the panel group.
Hold down Ctrl (Windows®) or Command (Mac OS®), and drag the panel or group from its current location. When you release the mouse button, the panel or group appears in a new floating window.
Drag the panel or group outside the application window. (If the application window is maximized, drag the panel to the Windows taskbar.)
When you position the pointer over dividers between panel groups, resize icons appear. When you drag these icons, all groups that share the divider are resized. For example, suppose that your workspace contains three panel groups stacked vertically. If you drag the divider between the bottom two groups, they are resized, but the topmost group doesn’t change.
To quickly maximize a panel beneath the pointer, press the accent key. (Do not press Shift.) Press the accent key again to return the panel to its original size.
A. Original group with resize icon B. Resized groups
When you close a panel group in the application window, the other groups resize to use the newly available space. When you close a floating window, the panels within it close, too.
Click the tab of the panel you want in front.
Hover the cursor above the tab area, and turn the mouse scroll wheel. Scrolling brings each panel to the front, one after another.
Drag tabs horizontally to change their order.
You can expand any panel to display it in full-screen mode and toggle back to normal view. You can do so with the current panel in focus or the panel you are hovering over with your mouse.
Press the accent key (`). Typically, this key lies just to the left of the numeral one (1) key. Some see this key as the back quote key or the tilde key. Press the accent key once more to restore the panel size. You can also maximize a selected panel by choosing Window > Maximize Frame. To restore the panel size, choose Window > Restore Frame Size. You can also press Shift+accent to maximize the panel size of a selected panel. Press the accent key to toggle the panel size of a panel you are hovering over with the mouse.
When Adobe Bridge is installed on a computer with a non-U.S. keyboard, the Maximize Or Restore Frame Under Cursor command might be mapped to a key other than the accent key.
Select a file, folder, or collection in Adobe Bridge and choose File > Add To Favorites.
To remove an item from the Favorites panel, select it and choose File > Remove From Favorite. Or right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the item and choose Remove From Favorites from the context menu.
An Adobe Bridge workspace is a certain configuration or layout of panels. You can select either a preconfigured workspace or a custom workspace that you have previously saved.
By saving various Adobe Bridge workspaces, you can work in (and quickly switch between) different layouts. For example, use one workspace to sort new photos and another to work with footage files from an After Effects composition.
Adobe Bridge provides the following preconfigured workspaces:
Displays the Favorites, Folders, Filter, Collections, Content, Preview, Metadata, and Keywords panels. This is the default workspace.
Displays the Library, Preview, Folders, Content, and Metadata panels. Also, displays the preview of selected file(s) in the Preview panel.
Displays thumbnails in a scrolling horizontal row (in the Content panel) along with a preview of the currently selected item (in the Preview panel). Also displays the Favorites, Folders, Filter, and Collections panels.
Displays options for creating PDF contact sheet.
Displays the Content panel in List view, along with the Favorites, Metadata, and Filter panels.
Displays the Content panel in Details view, along with the Favorites, Keywords, and Filter panels.
Displays a large Preview panel; a narrow, vertical Content panel in Thumbnails view; and the Favorites, Folders, Filter, and Collections panels.
Displays only the Content panel. Files are displayed in Thumbnails view.
Displays the Content panel in Thumbnails view, along with the Favorites, and Folders panels.
Here you can combine various tasks and stitch them together to create your workflows for repeat use. For more information, see Workflow Workspace.
In Mac OS, pressing Command+F5 to load the Keywords workspace starts Mac OS voice-over by default. To load the Preview workspace by using the keyboard shortcut, first disable the voice-over shortcut in Mac OS Keyboard Shortcuts preferences. For instructions, see Mac OS Help.
Drag the vertical bar to the left of the workspace buttons to show more or fewer buttons. Drag the buttons to rearrange their order.
Deletes the saved workspace. Choose the workspace from the Workspace menu in the Delete Workspace dialog box, and click Delete.
Restores the default settings for the Adobe pre-defined workspaces (Essentials, Output, and so on)
You can also open a Workspace from the Window menu or with keyboard shortcuts:
Click Alt + Shift + 1 (up to 9) to open individual workspaces.
Bridge provides a separate dialog to change the order in which workspaces are displayed.
You can also control which workspaces appear in the overflow menu or even hide a workspace so that it is not displayed in the Workspaces menu.
Also, Edit workspace option is available in the Hamburger menu of all the Workspaces.
You can change the order in which workspaces are displayed, or hide a workspace so that it is not displayed in the Workspaces menu. You can also delete custom workspaces if you no longer need them.
You can modify a workspace and save the most recent layout as a custom workspace. Saved custom workspaces appear in the Workspace menu, for future access.
Arrange the groups and panels as desired, and then do one of the following:
Reset the current workspace to return to its original, saved layout of panels.
Do one of the following:
While Resetting the workspace, the Active Content panel will keep displaying the same folder and all the other Content Panel (if any) will switch back to display the folders that were open at the time of Saving the workspace. This behavior can be changed from the Preference/Content .
You can choose to see transparency of the thumbnails and previews for supported file formats in the content panel. By default, transparency options are enabled.
Bridge supports transparency in the following file formats:
When you enable transparency, you can also see a checkered grid background to identify transparent areas of your files in the content panel. To view transparency grid in your assets, do any of the following:
You can choose to disable transparency options for your asset thumbnails. Once you turn off Show Transparency, the Show Transparency Grid option is disable automatically and the checkerboard background is replaced with a matte white background in your transparent files.
Thumbnails are applicable for a selected workspace only. Set the Thumbnails Only preferences again, once you switch your workspace.
You can now easily toggle between ratings/labels and file navigation in Adobe Bridge. By default, the Use Ctrl/Cmd for Ratings and Labels option is disabled. Once disabled, apply labels and ratings to your assets in the Control panel using single numeric keys without holding down the Ctrl/Cmd keys.
You can access the single key ratings and labels option from any of the following locations:
When you enable this option, you can use 0-9 numeric keys for file navigation.
If you use Adobe Creative Cloud, you can use Adobe Bridge to automatically synchronize color settings across applications. This synchronization ensures that colors look the same in all color-managed Adobe applications.
If color settings are not synchronized, a warning message appears at the top of the Color Settings dialog box in each application. Adobe recommends that you synchronize color settings before you work with new or existing documents.
Do one of the following:
Select a color setting from the list, and click Apply.
Select Show Expanded List of Color Settings Files to expand the list.
Adobe Bridge can display menus, options, and tool tips in multiple languages. You can also specify that Adobe Bridge use a specific language for keyboard shortcuts.
Choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Adobe Bridge > Preferences (Mac OS), and click Advanced.
Click OK, and restart Adobe Bridge.
The new language takes effect the next time you start Adobe Bridge.
You can enable or disable startup scripts in Adobe Bridge preferences. Scripts listed vary depending on the Creative Suite® components you have installed. Disable startup scripts to improve performance or to resolve incompatibilities between scripts.
Choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Adobe Bridge > Preferences (Mac OS), and click Startup Scripts.
Introduced in Bridge CC 2015 6.3 release
HiDPI monitors and Apple's Retina displays allow more pixels to be displayed on your screen. To take advantage of advancements in high-resolution display technologies, Adobe Bridge includes native support for high-resolution monitor displays running on Windows and Mac OS X (for example, the MacBook Pro with Retina display).
Bridge is aware of different monitor dots per inch (DPI) settings. When you are working on a HiDPI monitor set at a DPI of 150% or higher, Bridge's user interface automatically scales to 200% so that you continue to see sharp and clear UI elements, readable font size, and crisp icons across a wide variety of DPI display settings.
Bridge supports a minimum screen resolution of 2560 x 1600. Working on HiDPI monitors with screen resolution set below 2560 x 1600 truncates the Bridge user interface and some of the items may not fit on the screen.
With High DPI support enabled on Windows, the Bridge user interface scales to 200% on HiDPI monitors. However, Bridge also allows you to manually set the scaling preference:
In the Preferences dialog, click Interface.
In the Interface pane of the Preferences dialog box, you can set the overall appearance of the user interface. You can select from the following:
Select a Color Theme under Appearance from the context panel that opens. You can now choose the Color Theme from Darkest, Dark, and Light.
Use the Image Backdrop slider to adjust the contrast levels in the background of the Content and Preview panels according to your preference. This adjusted background color is independent of the selected interface color theme. Also, the menu bar follows a consistent color scheme with the selected interface color theme, on Windows 10 and macOS.
You can also now configure the UI scaling preferences in Bridge to uniformly scale the interface based on your screen's resolution. Now, you have the flexibility to scale the interface along with the text. Drag the Scaling slider from Small to Large to change the size of tools, text, and other UI elements.
The change will take effect the next time Adobe Bridge is launched.
Numerous program settings are stored in the Adobe Bridge preferences file, including display, Adobe Photo Downloader, performance, and file-handling options.
Restoring preferences returns settings to their defaults and can often correct unusual application behavior.
Returns preferences to their factory defaults. Some labels and ratings may be lost. Adobe Bridge creates a preferences file when it starts.
Purge All Local Cache Files
Purging all the local cache helps when Adobe Bridge is not displaying thumbnails properly. Adobe Bridge re-creates the cache when it starts.
Reset Standard Workspaces
Returns Adobe predefined workspaces to their factory default configurations.
Click OK, or click Cancel to open Adobe Bridge without resetting preferences.