Adobe CS5: Helpful hint – Using a toolbar

As you know there are a hundred applications in the Adobe Creative Suite and getting to them in an effortless “1 click” manner can be a pain. Well this morning I learned a helpful hint for dealing with the size of the Adobe suite and having quick access to all the programs by using a toolbar.

This little tutorial is for Windows 7 so if you’re a Mac guy or gal please feel free to disregard.

Ok so while Windows 7 rocks and IMO is the premier OS out there right now. (No offense Mac folks, just personal pref) There are a few extra tweaks that I wish it had. For example I LOVE that Windows now allows you to pin programs to the task bar and use jumplists to quickly access files associated with that program. However, I wish they also allowed you to pin folders and groups of related programs to the taskbar as well. For example, how slick would it be to create a custom icon on the task bar that allowed a quick jump to all or your “Photography” programs, or all of your Adobe CS5 suite!

Sure you can pin all the programs one by one, but that would take up a lot of taskbar real estate in a hurry if you have the CS5 Master Suite as I do. Well, Im sure that there is a hack or a work around to get this done, but this morning I found a relatively simple way to do this using a toolbar. This method makes a quick list to jump to any of your Adobe applications ad doesnt take up too much space on the taskbar. Heres how it works.

Step 1:
Rt Click on the taskbar and select Toolbar>New Toolbar

You should see a window that looks something like this one. Once you have it just navigate to the Adobe Master Suite Folder in the start menu. If you have Windows 7 and you used the default location the path should be something similar to this…..C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs. Then select the Adobe Master Suite Collection folder.

Step 2: Unlock the taskbar

Rt Click on the taskbar and select unlock…This will allow you to slide the tool bar to the left and right using the little dots you see next to the word Adobe.

Step 3: Check and uncheck Large Icons and Show Text

Now that the taskbar is unlocked you can rt click on the little dots and select view>small icons and uncheck “show text”. Then use the little dots to slide the toolbar all the way to the right. Once your done you can just click the little arrow and you should end up with something like this picture below.

Thats it you are all done!

Again Im sur there is more than one way to do this. But from all of the way I read on the internet this seemed the easiest and least tech intensive to get the job done. Now you are ready to have access to all your Adobe Suite in a quick launch toolbar.

Thanks and I hope this helps!

Later Gater


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