How to Get My Adobe CS5 Key

By Filonia LeChat

Adobe Creative Suite Version 5 offers software programs that build Web pages, edit images and provide desktop publishing and digital design capabilities, so there can be a lot to keep track of. Conveniently, all the programs in CS5 are linked to the same product key, also known as a license number or serial ID. Finding your Adobe CS5 product key can be a bit of a treasure hunt, as some programs offer more glimpses of this number than others. Knowing your product key is essential if you want to transfer your CS5 products to another computer, and knowing how to find the key is just as essential.

Step 1

Launch one of the Adobe CS5 programs, such as Photoshop.

Step 2

Click the “Help” menu on the toolbar at the top of the screen.

Step 3

Click “System Info.”

Step 4

Scroll through the small text and look for the “Serial Number” line. This is your product key. Click “OK” to close the “System Info” window.

Tips & Warnings

  • Another way to view your Adobe CS5 key is to watch the startup screen on some — but not all — of the programs. For example, when Photoshop CS5 loads, the key is featured in the scrolling area of the splash screen, but it is a long number and only stays on the screen for a second or two. While you could attempt to write down the number quickly or take a screenshot, the best way is to just open a program and find it through there.