I am wirking with Photoshop Elements 2020 on my MacBook. When I select a tool from the tool panel, the options bar that would allow me to choose my font, color, size, etc. doesn't pop up along the bottom. The same is true if I select a different tool such as the crop tool or shape tool. How do I get the option bar to show?
- Click the Tool Options button in the Taskbar to open the Tool Options bar (if it isn't already visible).
- Go to the far right of the Tool Options bar and look for the little menu icon (it's a small down arrow and three horizontal lines) between the Tool Help and Minimize icons.
- Click the Auto Show Tool Options option from the pop-up menu if it doesn't have a tick next to it to turn that feature on.
Hope that helps!
It's working now. Thanks for your help.
I have the same issue. However the Tool Options button only brings up the Show Open Files window. When I go to the three-line menu on the right and click, the only options are Print Bin Files, Save Bin as album (grayed) and Show Grid (grayed). Not sure if this is related to the fact that the pop up menu on the tool in the toolbar also doesn't pop up. I was able to change it from line to other shapes by alt-clicking, but no pop up. I'm on Elements 14 on up-to-date Windows 10.
As I was waiting for assistance I continued to work to try to find a workaround. Changed from Expert mode to guided, then tried to switch back. Then my Elements crashed. Now I can get to the tool options, though the popup on the toolbar doesn't pop up, but I can pick the shapes from the tool options. I'm good to go now, I think!