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May 15, 2017

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I recently upgraded to Premiere Pro CC2017, and I'm growing increasingly frustrated by the condensed tools panel with the missing/hidden buttons.

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I want to expand the tools panel so that I don't have to use keyboard shortcuts or click and hold to switch tools. I noticed that a lynda course instructor was using the CC2017 version with an expanded tool bar:

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Please help! I can't find this anywhere in the preferences or panel settings!

Hi BHiser,

I want to expand the tools panel so that I don't have to use keyboard shortcuts or click and hold to switch tools.

I am sorry but you cannot expand the tools panel. (This is how it has been designed.)

The Latest (and Greatest!) for Premiere Pro CC and Media Encoder | Creative Cloud blog by Adobe

I noticed that a lynda course instructor was using the CC2017 version with an expanded tool bar:

The tools panel has been redesigned in the latest version of CC2017. I am sure that you are following a tutorial from a previous version of CC2017.

Please share your valuable feedback here.

Thanks,

Kulpreet Singh

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How to expand tools panel??

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May 15, 2017

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I recently upgraded to Premiere Pro CC2017, and I'm growing increasingly frustrated by the condensed tools panel with the missing/hidden buttons.

Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 1.27.04 PM.png

I want to expand the tools panel so that I don't have to use keyboard shortcuts or click and hold to switch tools. I noticed that a lynda course instructor was using the CC2017 version with an expanded tool bar:

Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 1.27.25 PM.png

Please help! I can't find this anywhere in the preferences or panel settings!

Hi BHiser,

I want to expand the tools panel so that I don't have to use keyboard shortcuts or click and hold to switch tools.

I am sorry but you cannot expand the tools panel. (This is how it has been designed.)

The Latest (and Greatest!) for Premiere Pro CC and Media Encoder | Creative Cloud blog by Adobe

I noticed that a lynda course instructor was using the CC2017 version with an expanded tool bar:

The tools panel has been redesigned in the latest version of CC2017. I am sure that you are following a tutorial from a previous version of CC2017.

Please share your valuable feedback here.

Thanks,

Kulpreet Singh

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Hi BHiser,

I want to expand the tools panel so that I don't have to use keyboard shortcuts or click and hold to switch tools.

I am sorry but you cannot expand the tools panel. (This is how it has been designed.)

The Latest (and Greatest!) for Premiere Pro CC and Media Encoder | Creative Cloud blog by Adobe

I noticed that a lynda course instructor was using the CC2017 version with an expanded tool bar:

The tools panel has been redesigned in the latest version of CC2017. I am sure that you are following a tutorial from a previous version of CC2017.

Please share your valuable feedback here.

Thanks,

Kulpreet Singh

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I am sorry but you cannot expand the tools panel. (This is how it has been designed.)

Lets add some steps  and hoops for the editors to work with,  ...dumb and pointless by design!

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More signs that adobe is being run by idiots. This is a seriously idiotic design change. Why don't these idiots give editors the options of using t hings the way they are used to. The new crappy version of the tool panel could easily been an option in the preference. I just lost an hour trying to figure out where the freaking ripple edit tool went when I tried a project in 2k18 because it the features I needed to use were too buggy in earlier versions.

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Who asked for this? What problem did this solve? Don't fix what aint broke!!

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May 16, 2017 4
Community Beginner ,
Jun 13, 2017

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I totally agree with the original poster that this is terribly annoying. At least make this customization so we can turn this grouping on and off.

Sorry this is a fail.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 13, 2017

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Which lesson would that be?

This incorrect one cannot extend the toolbar.

edit: screendump in top post shows original tool bar before Adobe change it into PS like toolbar.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 13, 2017

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lovely Ann!

How does one expand the tools in the manner you have shown?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 13, 2017

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Sorry that was my own design.

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aww too bad. I wish they would rectify this. It is not a good idea to add additional layers to a user interface that is already bogged down by too many clicks. The Premiere interface is terribly clumsy compared to the superior Avid editing interface.

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 13, 2017

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New Tools were added to PrPro 2017.1, specifically:

  1. Type
  2. Vertical Type
  3. Rectangle
  4. Ellipse
  5. Pen (as a free shape tool, though it was already there as a keyframe tool for the timeline, which still works)

Keeping all the tools inline would have made it too long too see everything in most views. Making it two columns wide would have used up UI real estate that you may want to use for other panels like the Program Monitor or Effect Controls. So we borrowed from Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator and other apps, and grouped similar tools into wells. Please note that your assigned shortcuts will still summon tools which are not at the top of their wells.

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jstrawn,

thank you for your reply. permit me to be blunt. Premiere is a video editing program. It is not a photo retouching tool. I think it is unwise to bury functions behind a "well" because photo retouching programs do the same.

Why? Video editors perform thousands of operations every day usually in an effort to meet a deadline. Don't make us click or search needlessly for critical tools.

I have been a professional editor for over 25 years. In that time I have used and mastered Avid, dabbled with Final Cut and I have used Premiere solidly for seven years.

In  my opinion, while Premiere is excellent in a number of regards, the interface lags behind. Of the tools presented in the timeline tools palette, the rolling edit is the one I use the most. Aside from rolling edit, selection and razor, the rest of the tools seem illogical and useless. Because I favor the rolling edit you can see why it is annoying that it is buried behind a tool I never use.

I really wish Premiere's user interface was up to par with Avid, I really do. I wish the Trim mode made sense so that I could rely on it for thousands of trims. Unfortunately I almost never use it. Same goes with any semblance of a slip tool. Your timeline editing tools are sorely lacking and you would be wise to let go of your photoshop analogies and look at a system that has mastered those tools and incorporate some of that logic into premiere.

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Adobe Employee ,
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bitethehand  wrote

thank you for your reply. permit me to be blunt. Premiere is a video editing program. It is not a photo retouching tool. I think it is unwise to bury functions behind a "well" because photo retouching programs do the same.

Why? Video editors perform thousands of operations every day usually in an effort to meet a deadline. Don't make us click or search needlessly for critical tools.

After Effects and Audition both have tool wells too, but bluntness is fine and your point is taken.

So the best thing to do is to make sure that your request gets submitted. Thanks in advance for your feedback there.

For now, Hotkeys and Key Combos should save you clicks, which you can customize as needed in the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog. For example, you can press N and Rolling Edit will come to the top and stay there until you switch to a different tool or close the project/app.

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You've been a professional editor for over 25 years? Surely you have one of these then, as you should well know that most editors only use shortcuts.

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Community Beginner ,
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Yes I have about nine keyboards like this. I have edited myself and managed edit teams for more than two decades - large projects, shared media, multiple rooms, high profile projects in tight deadlines. I could tell you down to the hour how many man-hours was lost per week editing on FCP vs Avid. We all use keyboard shortcuts but make no mistake there are many "fast" editors who incorporate the mouse into their workflow - who can blow the doors off "mouseless" editors in a speed test. At any rate whether it is faster or slower it is not an excuse for burying important tools into wells.

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I very much doubt that anyone using a mouse to go through menus etc to get a tool is faster than me clicking a point on the timeline with my mouse and pressing a key.

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oh so you do use a mouse...

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Yeah to scrub through my timeline, that's about it, i use shortcuts for everything else.

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