Quick Tip: Photoshop’s Properties Panel Auto-Showing

I’m a big Photoshop user, and for the most part I think it’s an incredible tool, but occasionally there’s something about it that just drives me nuts. Recently, that’s been the Properties menu, which automatically shows whenever you’re using a shape tool (e.g. Rectangle, Ellipse). I understand what Adobe is trying to do with the user interface here, but I find pop-ups in software like this completely distracting, and set about finding out how to turn it off.

I checked the usual suspects: menus, preferences, etc., but couldn’t find anything that worked. Eventually, I stumbled across the fix. It was one of those things that made a lot of sense in hindsight, but that I would have never thought of up front. Curious?

How to stop Photoshop from Opening the Properties Panel When You Add a Shape

That’s right, just create a new shape and have Photoshop open the Properties panel. Once it’s open, click on the icon on the top right, and de-select “Show on Shape Creation”. From now on this will not open when you create a new shape.

If you’re anything like me, this one little change will help preserve your sanity just a little longer.

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