Change the Workspace in Illustrator CS6

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    To begin, you should open Illustrator either from your desktop or by coming down to the bottom-left corner and clicking the Windows icon.
    This will reveal a list of your recently used programs where you may find Illustrator. It has a brown-and-orange icon with the letters "Ai".
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    If you still can't find Illustrator, use your search bar along the bottom and start typing "Adobe Illustrator".
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    Click "Adobe Illustrator CS6".
    It will immediately start loading and will take you directly to your workspace. The small circle near the mouse cursor indicates that the program is loading. Illustrator will show what it is doing when it is loading. Give it a minute to load, depending on your computer configuration. The screen should look the same for different Illustrator CS6 installations. There is an "Essentials" menu in the upper-right corner if you recently have not changed your workspace.
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    Click the small arrow near "Essentials" in the right-hand corner.
    This will reveal the workspace drop-down menu. You will have numerous choices, "Essentials" being the default option.
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    You can click "Painting".
    This will change the layout and options on the right-hand side, making them more compatible with painting with Illustrator.
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    Click the workspace drop-down menu again.
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    You can click "Tracing".
    The workspace will be changed again.
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    Click the workspace drop-down menu again.
    Basically, the workspace is being adapted to your needs.
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    You can click "Typography".
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    Click the workspace drop-down menu again.
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    You can click "Web".
    This is good for creating a lot of images that go online. Illustrator is very useful for creating logos and images for web sites. The selection depends on the nature of your document.
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    Once you have chosen the workspace layout, create a document by clicking "File".
    For more information, refer to our tutorials on how to create a new document and how to open documents.
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    In this video, the workspace drop-down menu is clicked again.
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    Click "Essentials" in the drop-down menu.
    Every time you select an item in the drop-down menu, Illustrator will apply the chosen workspace when you open Illustrator next time.
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