How To Open Toolbar In Adobe Illustrator

Hello there! The purpose of this blog post is to address a fundamental feature of Adobe Illustrator that can cause confusion for newcomers – how to access the toolbar. Whether you’re creating a business logo or working on a vector art project for yourself, having easy access to the toolbar will greatly improve your efficiency and streamline your process. Let’s begin!

Opening the Toolbar

The toolbar in Adobe Illustrator is usually located on the left-hand side of the screen. If for some reason it’s not there or you closed it accidentally, don’t worry. You can easily bring it back by following these steps:

  1. Launch Adobe Illustrator and open your project.
  2. Click on the ‘Window’ option in the menu bar at the top of the screen.
  3. In the dropdown menu, you should see the ‘Tools’ option. Click on it.

Upon clicking, the toolbar should reappear on the left-hand side of the screen. If you wish to move it around, you simply need to click on the bar at the top of the toolbar (the one with a dotted line) and drag it around.

Customizing the Toolbar

Now that you’ve successfully opened the toolbar, you might want to customize it to suit your unique needs. Adobe Illustrator allows you to easily add, remove, and rearrange tools in the toolbar. Here’s how:

  1. Click on the three dots at the bottom of the toolbar.
  2. A new window will open titled ‘Toolbar’.
  3. In this window, you can add or remove tools by simply dragging and dropping them into or out of the toolbar.

With these steps, you can optimize your toolbar and make your design process much more efficient. Remember, Adobe Illustrator is a powerful tool and knowing how to navigate through it can greatly enhance your design capabilities.


There you have it! A simple guide on how to open and customize the toolbar in Adobe Illustrator. We hope this was helpful for you. Remember, the key to mastering Adobe Illustrator (or any design software, for that matter) lies in understanding its interface and making it work for you. Happy designing!