How to get toolbar back in Illustrator

How to get toolbar back in Illustrator? Also, how do I make the toolbar visible in Illustrator? If the Tools panel is hidden, choose Window > Tools to display it. To move the Tools panel, drag the top (dark gray) bar. Click once on a visible tool to select it, or click and hold on a tool that has a tiny arrowhead to choose a related tool from a pop-out menu.

How to get toolbar back in Illustrator
How to get toolbar back in Illustrator

How to get toolbar back in Illustrator

From the top right corner of Illustrator, click on Essentials > Reset essentials. This should bring back all your tools and panels.


Click the Workspace icon on the toolbar > Select Reset Essentials > Click the Workspace icon > Select the Workspaces one by one and reset the Workspaces Workspaces

Step 1: Click the Workspace icon on the toolbar > Select Reset Essentials .

Select Reset Essentials

Step 2: Continue to click the Workspace icon > Select the Workspaces in turn , for example Essentials Classic.

Choose Essentials Classic

Step 3: Then, the Workspace icon on the toolbar > Select Reset Essentials Classic .

Select Reset Essentials Classic

Please do steps 2 to 3 in turn until you reset all Workspace to default

Click Edit > Select Preferences > Select General or press Ctrl + K  > Select General and select Reset All Warning Dialogs > Click OK  > Select Reset Preferences  > Click OK > Click Reset now .

Step 1: Click Edit on the toolbar.

Step 2: Continue to select Preferences > Select General or press Ctrl + K key combination .

Select General

Step 3: Continue to select General and select Reset All Warning Dialogs .

Reset All Warning Dialogs

Step 4: Click OK .

Step 5: Select Reset Preferences  > Click OK .

Select Reset Preferences

Step 6: Click Reset now .

Click Reset now

Turn off Adobe Illustrator (AI) > Select This PC > Go to the path C:\Users\<your device username>\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator <version number> Settings\en_US*\x64 > Delete Adobe files Illustrator Prefs .

Step 1: Turn off Adobe Illustrator (AI) > Select This PC .

Choose Thic PC

Step 2: Access the path C:\Users\<your device username>\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator <version number> Settings\en_US\x64 .

Access the path C:\Users\<your device username>\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator <version number> Settings\en_US\x64

Step 3:  Delete the Adobe Illustrator Prefs . file file .

Delete Adobe Illustrator Prefs . file

Other solutions

  • To view the Illustrator toolbar, do the following: Select Window > Workspace > Reset XXX (XXX = Name of the workspace you’re using).  A – Toolbar B – Control Bar To view the top control bar, select Window > Control to display it on the screen.   If you are unable to see a specific tool, please try the steps below until the issue is resolved:  Select Window > Toolbar > Advanced . Click the ellipsis (…) at the end of the toolbar. Click the list icon in the top right corner…
  • If all of your Illustrator Toolbars are missing, most likely you bumped your “tab” key. To get them back, just hit the tab key again and presto they should appear.

How do I get this tool bar at the top?

You can try Windows > Workspace > Essential Classic 

Window>control will get you that window, and that window only; workspaces are collections of windows. If you get deep enough into illustrator you will probably end up making your own workspaces.

Control of line thickness also happens in window>stroke, along with a bunch of other stuff – the Control window only shows a few basic settings, the Stroke window lets you deal with a bunch of other qualities of how lines are drawn.

Unhide the menu bar

  1. You can unhide the menu bar in Acrobat itself by pressing the “F9” key on Windows. Press the “Shift,” “Command” and “M” keys at the same time instead if you’re using a Mac.
  2. You can also customize the layout, magnification and interface elements that appear when a user opens the PDF document from the Initial View tab.

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Hopefully through the article you can know how to restore and reset Adobe Illustrator (AI) to default quickly and simply. If you have any questions about the operation in the article, you can leave information in the comment section below. Good luck!

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