How to Find the CS3 Serial Number on a Mac

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Adobe Creative Suite 3 is a collection of design applications available for both Mac and Windows computers. Each copy of Adobe Creative Suite 3 comes with its own serial number, which is required to activate the license and use the software. If you want to find the serial number for the copy of Adobe Creative Suite 3 installed on your Mac, you can deactivate and then reactivate the software license.

  • Launch one of the CS3 applications on your Mac.

  • Click "Help" in the application's menu bar. Select "Deactivate" from the drop-down menu.

  • Uncheck the "Erase my serial number from this computer after deactivation completes" check box. Click the "Deactivate" button in the lower-right corner of the window.

  • Click "Exit" once the deactivation process completes to close the application.

  • Launch the application again. The activation wizard will start up and the serial number field will be filled in with your CS3 serial number.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the "Erase my serial number from this computer after deactivation completes" is checked before you deactivate your software, your serial number will not be filled in for you. If you cannot locate your serial number, you may be unable to reactivate and use any of the CS3 applications.
  • You can activate a serial number only 20 times. Deactivating and reactivating to find your serial number uses one of these allowances.

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