I'm trying to remove the application background from Illustrator CC. On the previous version (Illustrator CS5) I didn't have a background. This made it easier to multitask and have various items on my desktop open at once. The app background in CC is solid black. Any way to remove it? I've Googled and looked all over the place, but I can't seem to find the solution. Note, I'm not trying to remove backgrounds from files or from a project artboard. I'm specifically referring to the background that appears even when there is no project open.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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    Is there an option under the Window menu called Application Frame? Try unchecking that. – Saaru Lindestøkke Sep 30 '14 at 18:43
  • Try hitting "F" a few times. It goes from windowed to background to full screen. I'm guessing you want it to be windowed. – CJ Robinson Sep 30 '14 at 19:31

As stated in the comments, it's as easy as going to Window and unchecking Application Frame.

I should mention it's not as comfortable when working in two screens, though (in Mavericks).

  • I actually turn it off and I work on 3 screens. I don't see any issues. – Scott Sep 30 '14 at 22:11
  • Hi Scott! That's interesting. Do the toolbars move from screen to screen, or you have them fixed on one screen? I sometimes find it a bit confusing to move the document to "the big screen" to work more comfortably, but not have the rest of the toolbars accompany it. – Johnny Kutnowski Sep 30 '14 at 22:38
  • Oh, you mean the app frame ON doesn't work well. Yeah I agree with that. I must have misread your post. I actually hate the app frame and turn it off first thing when installing. – Scott Sep 30 '14 at 22:40

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