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Working the Workspace

NOTE: This article discusses an outdated version of Capture One. To learn more about our latest version, click here.

Workspaces in Capture One are an easy way to customise the interface so that it makes the most sense to you.  This could include elements such as:

–  Making your favourite tools easily accessible

–  Changing the layout and content of the toolbar

–  Making different workspaces for different tasks (Importing, Editing, Shooting, Focus Checking)

By streamlining the interface, your favorite functions and options can be found quickly and easily.  Different tasks will also require focus on different parts of the software.  For example, whilst selecting images from a shoot, it is not necessary to have the Tools on display, thereby creating more screen real estate for image viewing.

Building and Saving a Workspace

The default workspace in Capture One Pro 6 looks like this:

Many elements of the Workspace can be changed – among others:

–  Contents of the Toolbar

–  Adding / Removing Tools from a Tool Tab

–  Changing the position of Tools in a Tool Tab

–  Adding / Removing Tool Tabs or Creating Custom Tools Tabs

–  Creating floating windows

–  Position of the Browser and Tools

Customizing the Toolbar

Right-Click on the Toolbar and choose Customize Toolbar.

This will bring up the following menu:

Then you can simply drag and drop the required icons from the available selection into the toolbar to match your needs.

Customizing Tool Tabs

To add a new Tool Tab to the interface, right-click on the Tool Tab Area and choose Add Tool Tab.  A list of the Tool Tabs that have not yet been added will be shown in the menu.

Choose one of the available ones and it will be added to the Tool Tab area.

Note – the Tool Tab area can also be increased or decreased in size by click dragging on the edge of the Tool Area.

You can also change the order of the Tool Tabs to fit your unique workflow. Just Cmd-click and drag the icons to change the order of the Tool Tabs. If you want to add a tool to the currently open Tool Tab, you can Right-Click on the Tool Tab itself and choose Add Tool.

Finally, when you are happy with your new Workspace, choose Window>Workspace>Save Workspace.

The Workspaces can be accessed from the same menu or by using the Workspace icon on the toolbar.

Learn more about working the workspace in this tutorial

The Image Quality Professor
The Image Quality Professor

The digital pioneer, Niels V. Knudsen, is Phase One’s Image Quality Professor and founder of the IQP blog. Moreover, he is responsible for breakthrough advancements in image quality both in Phase One’s medium format camera systems and in Capture One Pro.

Comments (17)

I do love the ability to customize my workspace , but this is overshadowed buy the overwriting of my custom workspaces everytime there is a C1 update. It would be nice to maintain multiple custom workspaces after an update, not have them renamed and left with only one of them.

Gerald Peake

Thanks for pointing this out. What’s the point of making a song and dance of being able to customize workspaces if they’re lost after an update? I would think this is essential given the ‘professional’ aspects of C1 and the price!

Hi guys,

You are correct in a way. We had a bug that meant that workspaces were not ported when you upgraded Capture One on Windows, due to some technicalities with the .NET framework that Capture One is based on. The effect was that any customized workspaces created in Capture One before version 6.2 where lost when upgrading. That is fixed now and if the custom workspace is created in Capture One 6.2 or later, they are still present when upgrading the application.

I hope this helps,

All the best,


Flexibility is nice but I prefer to get used to the defaults. When switching form one computer to another, or being invited at a colleague’s studio, I then don’t have to redo the whole personalisation.
I do tend to add tools to some tabs sometimes though. Just one here and there.

I use Capture One Pro 64-bit. Workspaces worked well for me with the 6.4 version. When I upgraded to 6.4.1, as soon as I restored my own workspace, Capture One crashed. So I reverted to 6.4. I had the same problem with 6.4.3, so I am still on v. 6.4.

Hi Jean,

That sounds odd. Have you reported the issue to our support department?

If not, you should contact them through the link below and let them take a look at the probelm.

All the best,


Hi Niels,

I have just reported the issue.

As 6.4.* upgrades don’t seem to bring benefits to the treatment of my Nikon D700 NEF files, I was waiting for a 6.5 upgrade to see if it would fix the problem.

Thanks for prompting me to react. I just hope they don’t suggest I need a full reinstall !



Hi again Niels,

As I mentioned above, I followed your advice and CaptureOne support guided me through the required steps to fix the problem. It’s working fine now.

Great support.

Thanks again.


Hi Jean,

Good to hear that Support was able to help you solve the issue!

All the best,


Ruediger Trechow

I tried repeatedly to customize my toolbar – but I never get the menue to pick any useful item from, just “seperator” or “space”… – Is that function only for Mac (I use Windows 64bit)? Thank you.
Ruediger Trechow

That works for Windows too. I used it in Vista 64bit and now W7 64bit. If it keeps failing then maybe also contact support like Niels explained above.

In fact Ruediger, the tools that are already on your toolbar are no longer in the available tools palette. So yes it is normal to have only a few available when you have the default Capture One view. Try taking some away as a matter of test, notice how the ones gone from teh toolbar are now available on your available tools window? I guess this is to avoid having more than one same tool button on teh same bar. Of course spacers can be added all over so these remain.

Ruediger Trechow

Thank you, Gerald, for that fast and friendly reply!
In fact I already did that (putting icons from the toolbar into the menue and back).
But neither did my “menue” of tools resemble anything like in the video tutorial (for Mac), whrer there seems to be an abundance of tools/icons/…,
nor did I accomplish what I wanted:

I have a two-monitor-setting,
having all the menues, tooltabs and tools on the smaller left monitor and a “big” view of the picture I work on on the right monitor.
And I wanted some tools (especially the “delete-button”) in the toolbar of the right monitor too.
Even if I drag the delete-button from the left monitor into the “toolbar menue”, it is still NOT there to put into the toolbar of the right monitor.
I hope it gets clear what I want – and maybe I should have a look at a tutorial for “dual monitor” use…
Thank you again – and any suggestions are very welcome!

Hi Ruediger,

You can also lear more about customizing your workspace and working with dual monitors in these two video tutorials:

If the tutorials doesn’t help, you can also contact our support crew to let them help you:

I hope this helps.

All the best,



Hi, is there a way to load a customised workspace from capture one on to a different computer? Also user styles/presets?
Using mac os x 10.8.3.


Sorry – figured it out eventually. Please ignore!

Niels V. Knudsen

Hi Rebecca,

Good that you’ve found out. If you have any other questions, just let us know.