Palettes and Toolbars

Created as a Quick Guide in 2003 Copyright SuzShook
Made a "Version-Independent" Tutorial March 2009
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This tutorial was originally published as a Quick Guide in 2003. With the demise of the Quick Guide capability in PSP, this Quick Guide is being re-published as a mini-tutorial!

This tutorial will give you some tips on working with palettes and toolbars in PSP.

I make my tutorials as brief as possible, without the customary paths, details, and how-to's. For those veterans among you, this will be welcome! But for those less familiar with PSP, I included a "Glossary" that contains all the details omitted in the tutorial. If you need a little extra help, check the Glossary section. Just click on the button below - the Glossary will open in a new window.

PSP glossary button

This tutorial assumes you have a working knowledge of Paint Shop Pro at the intermediate level (or advanced beginner level with the Glossary). It was originally written in and for PSP Version 7, then revised for PSP 8, and now made "version-independent". Screen shots for this tutorial can come from any version of PSP - where there are significant differences from version to version, a green "Version Note" will be included, along with multiple screen shots if necessary.

Where a note/tip refers to a version of PSP and all higher versions, a + sign will be used to indicate this. For example, if a note/tip applies to PSP X and higher versions, I will use the convention "PSP X+".

If you try this tutorial, and find something is inaccurate for your version of PSP, please EMAIL ME to let me know so I can fix it!

Screen shots in this tutorial are resized - your work will be larger than this!

Supplies - For this tutorial, you will need the following:
  • Paint Shop Pro - any version. The latest version of PSP can be found at the Corel site HERE.

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Ok, now we're ready to begin! Grab your mouse and let's get started!

Remember to save often!

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Shortcuts for hiding/restoring individual palettes include the following:

Palette Name Shortcut Key(s) Notes
Browser palette CTRL+B See Note 1
Brush Variance palette F11  
Histogram palette F7  
History palette F3 See Note 2
Layer palette F8  
Learning Center palette F10  
Materials palette F6  
Mixer palette SHIFT+F6 See Note 2
Organizer palette CTRL+B See Note 3
Overview palette F9  
Photo Tray palette CTRL+W See Note 3
Script Output palette SHIFT+F3 See Note 4
Tool Options palette F4  
Note 1: Available in PSP 8, 9 and X only.
Note 2: New in PSP 9.
Note 3: New in PSP XI.
Note 4: F3 in PSP 8.


The shortcut key for hiding/restoring all FLOATING palettes is F2. This is handy when you need a bit more space for a project.

If you have "lost" one of the palettes or toolbars by dragging it off the screen, or you just can't find it no matter what you try, you can restore all of the palettes and toolbars by pressing CTRL + SHIFT + T.

caution sign This will restore all toolbars and palettes not currently showing - you may get toolbars and palettes you do not want. Use the function keys described above to hide unwanted palettes, and choose View...Toolbars to hide unwanted toolbars.

Hope you have enjoyed this tutorial as much as I did creating it!

If you have any problems, comments, or questions, please do not hesitate to Email me.


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