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The Workspace menu in the Application Bar has been replaced in Photoshop CS5 by this Workspace Switcher, which is more like the switcher in Bridge and other programs. You can use this Workspace Switcher, to quickly switch between combinations of panel locations, menus and sets of keyboard shortcuts, just like you could with the Workspace menu. But there are some new aspects to the Workspace Switcher. For one thing, it comes with new preset task-based Workspaces. The default Workspace is this Essentials Workspace and you can see the panel setup for that workspace here.
There is a Design Workspace, a Painting Workspace, and if I click this double pointed arrow I get a drop-down menu with further workspaces for Photography, 3D, Motion and one for What's New in CS5. Another neat thing is that I can see all those workspaces up here in the Application Bar rather than having to use that drop-down menu, by going to these double lines and clicking and dragging there to bring those other workspaces up here into the Application Bar, and now it's easier to choose one by just clicking on it here.
As in the past, I can use the preset workspaces as starting points and customize them to my own liking. So let's say that I have been enabled the Essentials workspace, and I decide that I really just need my Adjustments and Layers panels, I don't need this other panel group up here, I can click on the panel menu and close the tab group. What's new is that the Essentials workspace will automatically remember this change, so that if I now switch to another workspace and then back to Essentials, it doesn't go to the default. It returns to the last iteration of panels.
So, how do I get it back to its default if I want to? For that, I'll go up to the Essentials menu, I'll right-click and I'll choose Reset Essentials. Now let's say I am working with a workspace that's not on the Application Bar, but rather down here in the Workspace menu. So, I'll set this to say 3D and then I make a change, for example, closing the Layers panel group. Then I want to go back to the original 3D workspace, I'll go to that double pointed arrow and I'll go down to Reset 3D, and that will send it back to its original default.
There is another small change you will see when you try to save and load your own Custom Workspace, something you could do in previous versions. So again, I'm going to go to the Essentials Workspace, and maybe I am going to close everything except for Adjustments and Layers panel groups, a combination I often use. I'll go to the double-pointed arrow and I'll choose New Workspace. I'll call this adjustments layers, and notice that there is an alert that panel locations will be saved in this workspace, but that keyboard shortcuts and menus are optional.
In the past, panel locations were also optional. They are no longer. They are always saved when you make a New Workspace. So I'll click Save. My workspace appears up here in the Application Bar. And as before, if I want to delete a workspace, I can do so from this drop-down menu. So, that's a look at the new Workspace Switcher in Photoshop CS5.
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