Photoshop Elements: Tool bar has completely disappeared from left of workspace. How do I get it back?

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In Photoshop Elements 10 the Toolbox has completely disappeared from left of workspace. Cannot retrieve it. Any ideas what action to take. Thanks. Redkite
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In Photoshop, you can select what panel/bar is displayed by going to the windows menu, and checking the relevant item, in this case, it would be "Tools"
I would also try to maximize the application using the interface widgets. (If you use Windows or Mac, either go top right or left)
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On mine, I can't see the toolbar at the top. 
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Alastair White

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Thanks. The lost is now found!
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Beth Gregelein

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Thank you I was so Frustrated and I was clicking on Everything and I could not get any Where. My Friend told me to try to type in the Simple Photo Shop Tool Bar has Vanished and how do I get it back. And I Got it Thanks To You! Yeah
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What are the interface widgets? I don't see them...
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Hello, I meant the maximize button, on the top left of an interface on a Mac, top right on a PC...
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You need to go.. Window>Tools
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i'm going to go crazy..seriously. I'm the guy who ONLY is accepted because his nephew installed essentials, and somehow today, I hit a rock, got, stumped, tools disappeared and, I hit "1 of 2 keys" restore to default and restore all tools. now the company itself says my program has crashed. Are you saying, to go into the space bar and type in Windows>tools ?? Please help. It's sadly my whole life.  Thank you, Jim
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That didn't work for me.  Still cannot get the Tools on the left side.
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With Windows, the menu Window >> tools should work.
Remember you can hide the left and right palettes with the 'tab' key on your keyboard.
You did not mention which Elements and OS version you are using?
It may be necessary to reset your preferences on next lauch.
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How bloody Styoopid I am! Thanks, mate. 4 hrs of cussing, throwing a childish fit, and a quick fix! Let's hope it stays that way. I am a photo"chopper" Different from you photoshoppers that bring majic to the screen. We have a study group for fun, to where we may put my head on child's body etc. It still is fun to us. gracias amigo
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My top most dropdown tools (File, Edit, Find, View, Windows, Help) have disappeared.  Except for a nearly invisible icon box with '>>" I can't see any menu options at the top left.  Any suggestions to get the top toolbar to show these dropdown items again??
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PSE9 with Windows 7.  I think my missing bar is called the "Menu dropdown"
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Michel's link was exactly what I needed to solve my problem.  A few days previously I had bumped up the size of text on my Windows desktop (blame it on my geezer eyes), and it somehow hosed the PSE dropdown menu.  The link he shows above gave clear instructions to fix it, and my PSE9 now has a restored, visible menu!  Thx.
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I closed and then re-opened Photoshop and had the tool bar back.  Thanks!
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I managed to get the options window back but it's just hovering around and I can't find a way to connect it to the main window
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I'm using Photshop Elements 2019. My tool bar runs down the left hand side as you face the screen. It did have 2 rows of tools- now I'm only seeing one. How do I get the double row back?
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swirch to expert mode from quick. top horizontal bar.
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I tried that just now. It came up for a moment, then went back to a single row again. It acts like the work window is too big.
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I suppose a screen shot in expert mode (whole display) would help to understand the issue.
(Click on the camera icon on the bottom of the dialog you are writing in to insert your screenshot).
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Okay. here it is:
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Thanks for the screenshot which shows clearly that you are using a high definition display. I won't be able to help other than suggesting the pieces of info which will be necessary to investigate the issue:
- OS and detailed OS version number
- Display size in pixels (Display brand and model...)
- Your preferences for the screen resolution (normal, 200% or automatic)

Side note: you have posted in a totally different topic which was considered solved. I hope your question will be read and not overlooked because of the 'solved' status.
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Try  Window>Reset Panels
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Display resolution: 1920 x 1080
OS: Windows 10 , Version #: 10.0.18362.1
Screen resolution: 100%
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I finally had to uninstall and reinstall the program to get the double row of tools back. There was no choice. I couldn't even see what color I was using.