How do I open a panel in Illustrator?
To hide or show all panels, including the toolbar and Control panel, press Tab. To hide or show all panels except the toolbar and Control panel, press Shift+Tab. Tip: You can temporarily display hidden panels if Auto-Show Hidden Panels is selected in Interface preferences. It’s always on in Illustrator.
Every single panel in Illustrator is listed under the Window menu and you can open the panel you want by choosing Window > Panel Name and choose the panel you want. It appears as a floating panel (see below) or it pops out from the dock on the side.
How do I get the top toolbar in Illustrator?
Go under the Window Menu to Control. This will activate the Control Panel which you can then dock that across the top.