Move properties back to the top.
I don't understand why Adobe tries to fix things that aren't broken. The properties tab at the top is where it needed to stay. Having moving properties to a side tab was a huge mistake. My workload has increased just trying to find where things have gone and I find it much less useful this way. You also have gotten rid of the expand button when doing in image trace. I'm sure I'll find many more things that have gone missing or much harder to find now. I feel like CS5 was the most perfected version of all adobe products and now that we have creative cloud I'm always running into bugs and dislike all updates since CS5.
Properties and Control are two different panels. Both are accessible and even can be used together. Search for them in Window menu or try to pick a different workspace, like Essentials Classic.
You are so right, Craig. I just got upgraded to Adobe Illustrator 2021 at work and it is a POS. I have taken hours to do work that used to take me minutes. It is frustrating and STUPID. Some improvement!
Can't install my old workspace. Not to mention that NONE of the actions we had created for our workflow are compatible! Who does this????
Andrew Violet commented
Whatever crazy making Adobe enacted on 2021, please it switch back. I miss having the property tab, or control tab - whatever you call it. Used to be I would select an area of text and the font and the size and all the information I needed was right on top. Now I have to open character to get a pull down menu.
And I agree with Craig above. Adobe had a working set of products that since the cloud have become negotiations with the software rather than the designs I'm paid to create.
Thank you it worked. Window menu tab ----> Control
I prefer the essentials classic too but I work a lot with type and I have to open the character box at the top to see the font size. How can I put a character/type bar across the top when I am working?
Change the workspace to Essential Classic, it'll help you get the CS6's Workspace.
Imran Farooq commented
Thanks a lot for comments and answers on this important issue. It really solved the problem.
THANK YOU SO MUCH, everyone, for your tips! You have saved me hours of frustration!
THANK YOU everyone for your tips! I used them successfully in InDesign as well.
Super wonderful solution. I have been stressing for a very long time about this. However, it is... click on the Window MENU TAB (not Window panel) and select control from the drop down. What a relief. Thank you, Boi.
Just upgraded to CC and had a similar experience and moment of anxiety. Thanks for the help!
You all rock, just saved me hours of fumbling around from the past few weeks with tools in all the wrong places!
this is really helpful
This may be late, but "Joo," if you go and click the windows panel then select "control" it will put the properties at the top and still keep the rest of your customized layout.
I was trying to adjust myself in 2 months when the time I update My Illustrator hoping that it might be better when I get use to it. but no. there must be a solution for this. and I found my answer here. thank you guys!
How do you move the properties panel back to the top without having to switch from Essentials to Essentials Classic? I have completely customized Essentials and would rather not have to completely customize my layout again.
John Smith commented
You can change this by choosing the "style" on the top right. "Essentials" has the property bar on the right, while "Essential Classic" puts it back on top.