This is such a simple tip that I assumed everyone knew it, so I never thought of sharing it. But it’s come to my attention that newer Photoshop users don’t realize that the Toolbar can be converted to a double column of tools instead of a single column, which makes it much shorter. If your Toolbar is docked, you’ll see double arrows at the top left; if it’s floating, the arrows will be at the top right. Click those arrows and the Toolbar switches to two columns, which not only makes it shorter, but it also makes the Foreground and Background color swatches a little bit bigger. This is how Photoshop’s Toolbar always looked; until it didn’t. 

This tip previously published in Colin Smith’s Photoshop Tips column, in the June, 2020 issue of Photoshop User magazine.