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Adobe Premiere Elements 10 Classroom in a Book: Getting Ready to Edit

Chapter Description

Learn how to create a project, set relevant user preferences, and configure the interface to your liking.
Customizing the Workspace

Customizing the Workspace

Premiere Elements uses a docking system to fit all the panels into the available space of the application window. However, panels can be moved and resized so that you can create a workspace that best fits your needs.

With Premiere Elements open, notice that the Monitor panel, the Tasks panel, and the My Project panel are separated by solid vertical and horizontal dividing lines. These 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.
  2. 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.

  3. 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 find that your screen becomes cluttered.
  4. To save space on your screen, the panel docking headers, which contain the title and sometimes panel menu and Close buttons, are hidden by default in Premiere Elements.

  5. To show the docking headers, choose Window > Show Docking Headers. To hide them again, choose Window > Hide Docking Headers.
  6. Although the default workspace layout docks every panel into a specific position, you may find it helpful from time to time to have a more flexible environment. To do this, you can undock, or float, your panels.

  7. If the docking headers are not currently visible, choose Window > Show Docking Headers. Then 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 floating window, allowing the Monitor panel and the Tasks panel to expand toward the bottom of the main window.
  8. Close the My Project panel by clicking its red Close button () in the upper-left corner.
  9. Reopen the panel by choosing Window > My Project. Notice that the panel opens where you previously placed it. The reason is that Premiere Elements remembers the locations of the panels and retains them as part of the customized workspace.
  10. Choose Window > Restore Workspace to return to the default workspace layout.
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