Moving Control Panel to Bottom of Screen
I remember the first time Olav Martin Kvern (one of my co-authors on Real World Adobe InDesign CS6) mentioned to me that he liked having his Control panel at the bottom of the screen. What?! I was shocked and stunned, and not just a little surprised! But his explanation made sense: Moving the panel to the bottom allows the document itself to be more visible!
Many folks don’t realize that you can move the Control panel. The trick is to drag the little gray handle on the left side of the panel. If you drag it out into the middle of the screen, it un-docks (like any other panel) and can float wherever you want it. Drag it down so that the cursor is at the bottom of the screen and you’ll see a little light blue line appear; that means it will dock down there!
Here’s an example of the panel at the top and then at the bottom; see how clean it looks down there?
It’s all just a matter of how you want to work, and what looks best for you, of course.
Note that if you’re like us, and you do training for others, then moving your Control panel to the bottom will confuse your clients! No problem: Just make a custom workspace (Window > Workspace > New) so you can go back and forth between the panel layout you use for work and one you’d use for training.