Whether you spend time building websites, tinkering around with your digital photographs or converting documents to electronic files, you may be working with software product from the Adobe company. Known for its Adobe Creative Suite, which includes tools such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Flash, Adobe keeps track of its software sales and prevents piracy through product keys. Your product key (also known as a product ID or license key) is your way of showing you that obtained your Adobe product legally.
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Double-click an Adobe product, such as Photoshop or Flash, icon on your desktop or click the "Start" button on your computer and open the program from there.
Pull down the "Help" menu at the top of the screen.
Click the "About..." link, which will differ per program, such as "About Photoshop" or "About Flash." A pop-up window appears, which is the same splash screen that opens when you originally open the program.
Review the screen. The license key is a four-sectioned number divided by three hyphens somewhere on the splash screen. Photoshop, for example, has the words "Licensed to" and your name in the top right corner of the screen, with the product key underneath. Dreamweaver lists only the product key and it is in the bottom left corner of the screen.
Click anywhere on the splash screen to remove it from your workspace.
Tips and warnings
- If you're working with old copies of Flash, Dreamweaver and Fireworks, you may notice that your toolbars and windows say "Macromedia" instead of "Adobe." Adobe took over Macromedia products as part of its Creative Suite, but nothing has changed with your windows or product keys. When you look for your license key, substitute the word "Macromedia" for "Adobe" and you'll go right to your product information.
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