Where is the Character Panel in Photoshop CS5?

The Photoshop toolbox provides access to many of the most commonly used tools in the program, and additional options for a tool are typically shown in the toolbar at the top of the window. But if a tool has other options or settings, as is the case with the Type tool, then those can often be found in a separate panel.

The Type tool in Photoshop CS5 has an associated panel called the Character panel, and includes a number of additional type settings that can help you to customize your text layers. But if you need to access the Character panel and do not see it on your screen, then it may be hidden from view. Fortunately there are two different ways to show the Character panel in Photoshop CS5, and you can use either of these methods to gain access to the settings that it contains.


How to Display the Character Panel in Photoshop CS5

We will show you two methods below that can be used to display the Character panel in Adobe Photoshop CS5. Both options will lead to the same results, so you can use whichever method you prefer.


Method 1 – Window tab


  1. Click the Window tab at the top of Photoshop CS5.
  2. click the window menu



  3. Click the Character option.

open the character panel



Method 2 – Type tool


  1. Click the Type tool in the Photoshop toolbox.
  2. click the type tool



  3. Click the Toggle the Character and Paragraph Panels button in the Type toolbar at the top of the window.

click the toggle character and paragraph panel button



With your character panel now displayed in the Photoshop window you can make many assorted changes to your selected text, including underlining, character spacing, and more.


If you are sending a Photoshop file to someone else but they are having problems seeing your text, then it may be due to a font issue. One way to ensure that your text always displays on other computers as intended is to rasterize your text layers. This effectively turns any text layers in your Photoshop file into image layers, and is a useful thing to know if you create files that are used by others for printing or online work.