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Working with Workspaces An introduction to Premiere’s interface and prebuilt workspaces.

Launch Premiere Pro:

For instructions on how to create a new project, see this tutorial.

Prebuilt Workspaces:

Premiere’s interface has 13 prebuilt workspaces, they are listed at the top of the program’s window.

For our tutorials, we will be working in the Editing workspace unless otherwise specified.

Each prebuilt workspace is a different configuration of the panels/windows available in the program.

We’ll also cover how to rearrange and save a custom workspace.




There are six main panels in the default editing workspace. Moving from the top left in a clockwise rotation, these panels are: Sources, Program, Audio Meters, Timeline, Tools, and Project.

The Source and the Project panels also contain additional tabs. Within the Source panel, we’ll frequently be using Effect Controls. Under the Project panel, we’ll also frequently be using Effects.

Resizing Panels:

The size of each panel can be changed.

To resize panels, hover your mouse on the boarders between panels. When the cursor changes, click and drag the panel to the desired size.

Moving Panels:

The position of each panel can be changed.

Hover your cursor at the top of the panel. When the cursor changes to indicate the selection of the panel, click and drag the panel to the position you would like.

When placing the panel, a graphic will appear with the different options for placement. Dropping the panel in the center square will make the current panel a tab in the selected panel. Dropping the panel to the top, bottom, left, or right will place the current panel next to the selected panel.

Dropping the panel outside of the program’s window will move the panel in to its own window, which can then be moved anywhere on your desktop.     


Toggling Windows:

You may need to access a panel which is not present in your workspace.

A hidden panel can be toggled visible through the Window drop down on the program’s menu.

Once visible, this panel can be rearranged to fit your preferences. 


Resetting the Workspace:

You can reset the default layout by going to Window > Workspaces > Reset to Saved Layout or by using Alt + Shift + 0.

You can also access this function by clicking the three lines next to workspace name in the workspace bar.


Saving a Custom Workspace:

If you’ve created a layout that you prefer, you can save it going to Window > Workspaces > Save as New Workspace…

After you enter a name for your new workspace, it will appear in the top workspace bar along with Editing, Color, Effects…

This function can also be accessed in the menu next to the workspace names in the workspace bar.

Edit a Current Workspace:

You can also save your changes to a current workspace.

After you’ve made your desired changes, save them by going to Window > Workspaces > Save Changes to this Workspace.

This function can also be accessed in the menu next to the workspace names in the workspace bar.

Customizing the Workspace Bar:

You can also change which workspaces appear in your workspace bar, as well as their order.

In the program’s menu, navigate to Window > Workspaces > Edit Workspaces…

In the Edit Workspaces window, you can drag the workspaces to change their order or drag a workspace all the way down to Do Not Show to remove it from the workspace bar.

From here, you can also delete any workspaces you have created.

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