While I was using Illustrator, the font drop down menu that was visible right next to the character panel suddenly disappeared. Now I have to click on the character panel every time I want to switch fonts. Is there a way to have the font drop down menu appear back on the control panel?
If I understand your question, click on the character panel's name and drag out
Could you please post the screen shot, how it is looking now. You can choose Essential/Essential Classic workspace, where you will see character panel. And when you opne the charcter panle , you can reset the panel from the flyout menu of the panel. Please refer screenshot for resetting the panel.
Let us know if this resolves your problem.
This is how it initially looked when I posted this question. The drop down menu was still missing no matter what workspace I used.
The screenshot at the bottom is how exactly I want my control panel to look. This is most likely a bug though because the drop down menu suddenly popped back up while I was using Illustrator, but I still notice it disappearing once in a while. I'll definitely try the flyout menu if I see it missing again but as of right now, it looks like I no longer need to do anything?
Are you using two screens? This fonts dropdown will show when, it gets minimum width for the screen. I mean I have mac with 15 inch. It doesn't display on it and when I connect another screen with 21 inch, where it shows the way you required. In short, it depends on resolution of the screen.
I hope this helps you.
I have looked everywhere for an answer to this question and no one seemed to have an answer. I now have what worked for me. I just guessed at the issue and solved it. I went to the flyout menu of the control panel (sometimes called the hamburger), it seemed that just about every item was checked. I started unchecking things I didn't need or want in the control box. For example transparency, crop image, anchor points, live paint, gradient tool - all of the items I could easily access in my tools menu. I didn't need them in the control bar. After unchecking quite a few of these my drop down font menu reappeared! I still have that annoying drop down greyed out menu, that won't seem to go away, but at least my drop down menu is BACK!!! Whoo hoo! Pass this around please, I know this question is everywhere, and no one seems to have an answer.