If your toolbar disappears in Photoshop, there are a few things you can try to fix the issue. First, verify that it hasn’t been hidden – either through using “Tab” key or going into Window > Workspace > Essentials (Default).
Your workspace could have changed accidentally to one without toolbar support; to reverse this change, open up the Workspace submenu and select Reset Essentials from there.
The Toolbar Is Missing
Every Photoshop user has come across issues where one or more toolbars suddenly vanished in Photoshop, yet this wasn’t catastrophic and can usually be resolved quickly and simply.
Toolbars or panels often disappear due to being hidden by another window, which can be quickly checked by clicking on the menu bar and looking for “Tools”. If it is absent, that indicates it has been temporarily disabled and should be enabled again.
Another possibility is that a toolbar has been moved out of its default location. To change it, select Edit in the menu bar, choose Toolbar and open up its dialog box to customize your toolbar – then move any tools which are no longer used into Extra Tools so they remain available without taking up too much real estate on your toolbar; once there, drag them back over into Toolbar dialog box for restoration of missing toolbars.
If a toolbar has been hidden or moved, creating a new workspace may help reset its layout and help locate its replacement. If this doesn’t do it for you, resetting your essential settings could also do just as well – this way, all preferences may reset, which might help locate what may have gone amiss.
The Toolbar Is Hidden
If you are using Photoshop to edit images, there can be several reasons for the toolbar to disappear. Thankfully, most issues can be easily remedied with just a few easy steps.
First, verify that your toolbar hasn’t become accidentally hidden by going into “Window” > “Tools,” and making sure the bar appears again on screen.
Possible explanations could include that the toolbar has been hidden because you’re currently in Full-Screen Mode, which provides more work space but may also obscure certain panels and toolbars. If this is the case for you, press ESC key to exit this mode and restore your toolbars.
Finally, your toolbar might have become hidden if you’re using a custom workspace that doesn’t include it. In such a situation, simply resetting your workspace can restore its visibility – though be mindful not to overdo this action as doing so could reset all other aspects of your environment as well!
Utilizing the Customize Toolbar dialog box in Photoshop is an ideal way to modify your workspace settings. Doing this will restore the default toolbar and ensure all tools are readily available.
Keyboard shortcuts allow you to re-display the Toolbar and other panels in Photoshop. If a panel does not have one of its own keyboard shortcuts, it is often possible to dock it with another panel which does. If still having difficulty, reset your Preferences settings within Photoshop.
The Toolbar Is Broken
If your toolbar or any of its tools are missing from Photoshop, there could be something wrong with its installation. First make sure that you have the latest version. If that checks out, reset your preferences from Edit > Preferences and use Reset Preferences on Quit to reset all preferences (including sidebar ones) at once – this should hopefully resolve the problem.
Another possibility is that your toolbar has become hidden, often due to accidentally clicking the small arrow that appears at the bottom of each tools bar. To fix this, just click back on it again or switch workspaces (usually this will reappear the toolbar); otherwise reset your workspace and try switching back in again if it still does not show.
Your toolbar can also be customized by accessing the Edit menu and selecting Toolbar. From there, you can drag any rarely-used tools into the Extra Tools space for out of sight access while remaining accessible – though this process requires manual effort when returning them from Extra Tools back into Tools space once finished.
Resetting Photoshop settings may help. To do this, navigate to either Edit (Windows) or Photoshop (Mac), click Reset Preferences, and reselect this option from either menu. This should clear out all preferences as well as rejuvenate the toolbar.
The Toolbar Is Faulty
While editing photos, the last thing you want is for one or more toolbars or panels to suddenly vanish from your screen and render some features unavailable to you in Photoshop – something which could prove very frustrating indeed! Unfortunately, this situation could arise for any number of reasons – see this list as possible causes:
One possible explanation is that your toolbar was accidentally hidden. To fix this, navigate to the Window menu and ensure Show Toolbar is checked – if it isn’t, do so and your toolbar should reappear on screen. Alternately, full-screen mode could have caused its disappearance – to exit full screen mode press either Esc or F keys respectively and your toolbar should reappear after pressing these keys.
You could have clicked somewhere on the screen and caused your toolbar or panel to disappear – this could be due to having a sticky mouse, using keyboard shortcuts but failing to hit the correct combination of keys, or accidentally hitting something while doing so. To resolve this, try clicking something else within Photoshop until the toolbar or panel reappear.
If none of the solutions above work, it could be that your Photoshop version is outdated, which could cause misbehaving and missing tools in Photoshop. To remedy this, upgrade to the most current version.
Possible Solutions for an Issue in Photoshop If the toolbar isn’t displayed within its default workspace for your version of Photoshop, to resolve this simply open Photoshop and click the Window menu; select Workspace option then Reset Essentials/Reset Defaults as applicable; once done this should make it so your toolbar appears within this workspace for your version of Photoshop.