How to Reset Photoshop’s Appearance Back to Default

Nancy Messieh 31-01-2018

One of the more overwhelming aspects about Photoshop for beginners is the sheer number of panels you have open, and how these panels can sometimes disappear.


If a panel you’re used to working with has gone missing and you can’t figure out where it went, there’s a simple way to get Photoshop to look exactly how you’re used to.

How to Restore Panels in Photoshop

If it’s a matter of a missing panel, there’s a very simple fix to this. Let’s say the toolbar on the left has disappeared: just go to the Window option in the menu and make sure that Tools is checked. The process is the same for any panel listed under the Window menu. Click it to select it and it will once again appear on your screen.

If there’s a panel that you don’t want to use, you can also close it by clicking on the menu button in the corner of the panel and clicking Close.

How to Reset Photoshop’s Appearance Back to Default

If the entire program looks completely different to you, chances are your workspace has been changed.

Photoshop has a series of pre-set workspaces that you can choose from. These workspaces will open up the panels that are useful to its users depending on what they’re doing. To that end, they have a workspace for 3D design, graphic and web design, motion design, painting, and photography. Adobe also offers the default Essentials workspace which is what you’re probably accustomed to.


You can select your Workspace by going to Window > Workspace and selecting one of the options listed above.

If you’ve come back to Photoshop and you’ve found that the panels that you’re used to are no longer open, just go to Window > Workspace > Reset Essentials. (If you’re using one of the other workspaces offered by Photoshop, that’s the one you should see listed under the Reset option.)

If none of these Workspaces cater exactly to your needs, you can open up all your panels and go to Window > Worskpace > New Workspace and Photoshop will capture all your panel locations, and can also capture and keyboard shortcuts, menus, and toolbar options that you may have customized.

You can drag panels around, reorder them, close, open, or minimize them, until you have your Workspace looking exactly how you like it before you save it.

What’s your favorite Photoshop Workspace to work in? Have you created a custom Workspace that suits your workflow? Let us know in the comments. 

Related topics: Adobe Photoshop, Troubleshooting.

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    October 9, 2019 at 5:18 am

    thx this helped.