28 LESSON 2 Getting Ready to Edit
Customizing the workspace
Adobe Premiere Elements uses a docking system to fi t all the panels into the avail-
able space of the application window. However, panels can be moved and resized
so that you can create a workspace that best fi ts your needs.
With Adobe Premiere Elements open, notice that the Monitor panel, the Tasks
panel, and the My Project panel are separated by solid vertical and horizontal divid-
ing lines.  ese dividers can be quickly repositioned to give you more space to work
in one of the panels when you need it.
1 To increase the height of the My Project panel, hover your pointer over the
dividing line between the My Project and Monitor panels until it converts to a
two-headed cursor and then drag it up toward the Monitor panel.
You can use a similar technique to expand the size of the Monitor panel by
dragging it to the right, or expand the Tasks panel by dragging it to the left.
2 To reset the panels to their default layout, choose Window > Restore
Workspace. Notice how everything snaps back to its original position. Consider
restoring your workspace if you fi nd your screen becomes cluttered.
To save some space on your screen, the docking headers of the panels, which
contain title and sometimes palette menu and Close buttons, are hidden by
default in Adobe Premiere Elements.
3 To show the docking headers, choose Window > Show Docking Headers. To
hide them again, choose Window > Hide Docking Headers.
While the default workspace layout has every panel docked into a specifi c
position, you may fi nd it helpful from time to time to have a more fl exible
environment. To do this, you can undock, or fl oat, your panels.
4 If the docking headers are not currently visible, choose Window > Show
Docking Headers.  en, click the docking header of the My Project panel and
drag it a short distance in any direction. As you drag the header, the panel
becomes translucent. When you release the pointer, the My Project panel
becomes a fl oating window, allowing the Monitor panel and the Tasks panel to
expand toward the bottom of the main window.
5 Close the My Project panel by clicking its Close button ( ) in the upper-right
6 Reopen the panel by choosing Window > My Project. Notice that the panel
opens where you have previously placed it.  is is because Adobe Premiere
Elements remembers the locations of the panels, and retains them as part of the
customized workspace.
7 Choose Window > Restore Workspace to return to the default workspace
Note: To learn more about customizing your workspace, choose Help > Adobe Premiere
Elements Help, and then search for “Customizing the workspacein the Adobe Help Center window.
Note: The Tasks
panel is the only
panel that cannot be
Note: The Tasks
panel is the only panel
that cannot be closed.
Tip: When you work
with multiple monitors,
you can choose to
display the application
window on the main
monitor and place
oating windows on the
second monitor.

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