What are Adobe Premiere Panels?

Adobe Premiere panels are the digital workspaces that facilitate your video project, such as the Timeline, the Media Browser, and the Program Monitor. Each of these areas can be rearranged and retooled to your personal taste. Below, we've shared how to activate (or remove) panels, how to make a panel fill the entire screen, and other handy tips.

Selecting Panels   
To toggle between the panels on screen, press Ctrl+Shift+. (period key) to select panels in a clockwise fashion, or press Ctrl+Shift+, (comma key) to select them in a counterclockwise fashion. 

In newer versions of Premiere (2013 or later), you can also select specific panels with keyboard shortcuts. Here are a few shortcuts for the most important panels:

  • Project Panel: Shift+1
  • Source Panel: Shift+2
  • Timeline: Shift+3
  • Program Panel: Shift+4
  • Effects Control Panel: Shift+5
  • Audio Mixer: Shift+6

Auditioning Panel Presets
If you're unhappy with the current panel layout, it's easy to change. Adobe Premiere has a selection of panel presets called workspaces, which can be accessed by going to "Window" > "Workspace". Each workspace offers an optimized panel layout for specific editing needs, such as "Audio", "Color Correction", and "Effects". When you choose the "Audio" workspace, for example, the audio mixer and effects panels are placed in prominent positions for faster access. 

To save your own custom workspace, you can click and drag Adobe Premiere panels around in your project to move them to new locations, or add new panels from the "Window" menu. Panels turn opaque when you move another panel over them. If you let go of your mouse in a panel's center, your relocated panel will become a tab in the stationary panel. On the other hand, if you let go of the mouse on a panel's edge, your relocated panel will move as a separate section. 

When you're happy with your custom workspace, go back to the "Workspace" tab and choose "New Workspace". Name your new workspace, and press OK.

Making a Panel Full-Screen
At any point in the editing process, you can expand a panel so that it fills the entire screen. Just hover your mouse over the panel and press the ` (accent) key. Press it again to restore your normal workspace settings. You can also choose "Window" > "Maximize Frame" from the menu bar to make a panel full-screen, and then "Window" > "Restore Frame Size" to minimize it again. 

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