Tools missing from the toolbar

Some tools appear to be missing from the toolbar in Photoshop. Learn how to bring back to tools.


Some tools appear to be missing from the toolbar.

Photoshop allows for customization to control what tools are visible in the toolbar. These toolbar customization settings are saved with your preferences and can also be saved as part of a workspace.

You may observe this issue in the following scenarios:

  • After updating to a new version of Photoshop and the setting saved with your preferences or workspace, the toolbar doesn't include newer tools such as the Frame tool or the Object Selection tool.
  • After switching to another workspace (one of the workspaces found under Window > Workspace)

Follow the solutions listed below.

Restore the toolbar defaults

Select Edit > Toolbar and then click Restore Defaults

Edit menu

Reset or switch back to the Essentials workspace

Choose Window > Workspace, then select Essentials (Default) or Reset Essentials

Customize the toolbar

  1. Choose Edit >Toolbar.
  2. In the Customize Toolbar dialog, if you see your missing tool in the Extra Tools list in the right column, drag it to the Toolbar list on the left.
  3. Click Done
Customize Toolbar dialog
Drag the tools from the Extra tools column to the Toolbar column.

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