Trying to figure out how to change the color of this square outside the canvas in Illustrator CS5.enter image description here

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Not sure I remember when in the Adobe Illustrator release sequence the UI dark/light toggles were added, but I can say that in current Illustrator CC, we get this option in the UI portion of the user preferences:

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I'd bet if you have the ability to set this parameter in CS5, it will be in a similar location.

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    Unfortunately, 'user interface' in CS5 doesn't have these options.
    – Ramona
    Jan 9, 2019 at 18:18
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    @Ramona, Yes. The ability change pasteboard color is a more recent change... Maybe CS6, most definitely CC. There isn't a way to change it in your version of Illustrator.
    – Joonas
    Jan 9, 2019 at 18:54

For CS5 there is no option to alter the pasteboard color, You need CS6 or greater to alter that color in Illustrator.


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