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When you open new documents into the Full Edit workspace by default each one opens into a free-floating window. Some people like this because you can grab a free-floating document window by its title bar like this and drag it anywhere you want on the screen. I can do the same with this one, and this one. The problem with free-floating windows like these is that if you have lots of documents open, they tend to get hidden one behind the other. Another problem with floating document windows is that if you click the maximize icon like this, the document takes over your entire window.
I'll click that icon again to go back. In Photoshop Elements 8, you can solve the floating document problems by using a new tabbed arrangement to display multiple documents that are open at once. To convert all of these three floating windows into tabs inside of one window, I'm going to go up to the menu bar at the top of the screen and I'm going to click the arrow to the right of the Arrange menu. Then I'm going to choose this first icon here, which consolidates all the open documents into one document window with a tab representing each separate document.
If I want to bring any one of the three open documents to the forefront, I'll click its tab. So if I click the bluehat tab, I can see that image and the greenhat tab, this one, and the redhat tab. Or I can cycle through the tabbed documents by pressing the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Tab like this. I can also rearrange the tabs up here. So I could take the blue tab and drag it before the green tab like that and release. Notice that if I cycle through the tabs now by pressing Ctrl+Tab, and then Ctrl+Tab, and then Ctrl+Tab, that the program is not cycling through the tabs in the order in which they appear up here.
It's cycling through the tabs in the order in which I happen to have opened the documents. So don't be confused by that. Now what if I want to remove one of these documents from this tabbed arrangement so that it's floating again? I'm going to remove the greenhat by clicking on its tab and then dragging out of the tabs and then releasing. Now that particular document is floating. So I can move it over here for example, and I might do this if I was making a collage of the green and red hats, and I wanted to be able to easily click on the greenhat image and drag from there into the redhat image like that.
I am going to undo that by pressing Ctrl+Z, a couple of times. What if I want to have all of the documents released from this tabbed arrangement? Then I'll go up to Arrange menu and I'll choose Float All in Windows. Now all three of the documents are in separate free-floating windows rather than in tabs. Now there is another way to bring a floating document into a tabbed document arrangement, and that is to drag it up toward the top of the editing area or toward the top of another document.
So I'm going to take this redhat image, I'll drag it over here, and then I'm going to drag it up toward the top of the editing area, and then I'll release. I've just snapped that redhat into a tab. It's a little hard to see unless I move these other two over as I'll do now. So there's the redhat tab. Now if I click on the bluehat title bar and I move up toward the top of the editing area, I get this thin blue border around the top and sides of the title bar and now if I release my mouse, the bluehat document is also snapped into the tabbed arrangement.
I could do the same with the greenhat document. I do want to show you though- you don't want to go too far up. You just want to move until you see the light blue thin line all around the title bar there. If I go up a little bit further where there is a thick blue bar, then if I release mouse, I'll get a tiled result. So I don't want that I'm going to go right there, and then release. Now all three documents are in the tabbed arrangement. This snapping to tabs behavior that I just showed you can sometimes give you a result that you were expecting. So let's say I do have the greenhat floating free and I'm just moving it, and if I just happen to get too close and release, it snaps right into the tabbed arrangement.
Sometimes, I don't want that. So here's the solution. I'm going to pull the greenhat out yet one more time, and let's say I want to move the document, but I don't want to snap it into the tabs. I'll hold down the Ctrl key on my keyboard and then I can move it up here and there's no problem, I can set it wherever I want. I'll release it and I'll release the Ctrl key. Now if you like the tab document arrangement so much that you never want floating documents, you can disable the Floating Document behavior by going to the Edit menu and down to Preferences and over to General preferences, and here you can uncheck Allow Floating Documents in Full Edit Mode, which is checked by default.
I'm going to leave it checked so that I have an option to use either floating documents or tabs. So I'll cancel out of here. Then I'm going to take that greenhat document and drag it down, so it's snapped into the tabs with the other two documents, because I want to show you another feature that you can access from the Arrange menu. What if I have all these documents and tabs, but I want to view more than one document at a time maybe, because I want to compare different shots? I can go up to the Arrange menu and I can choose from one of the layouts that are represented by these various icons.
So if I click Tile All in Grid, I'll see each image in a separate window, and those windows are tiled on the screen. Now it's a little bit hard to see these images, because they're too big for these windows and rather than zoom out, I'm going to go up and choose a different arrangement. These all happen to be vertical images. So I'm going to try this one which is a vertical three-up arrangement, and that is better in this particular case. It allows me to see more of each image. If I want to change the zoom magnification of one image, I can change the zoom of all of them together.
So I might come to this first image the redhat, and click on it and then I'll get the Zoom tool, I'll press the minus button and I'm going to zoom out, so I can see the entire image. Then I'll go up to the Arrange menu and I'm going to choose Match Zoom. And those other two documents in this layout go to the same zoom percentage. Now how do you close tab documents? Well, you can just click on the X on the right side of any one of the tabs. If you've made a change, you can decide to save or not. I'm going to say No, I don't want to save any changes, and that closes that document.
If you want to close all the tabbed documents, you can go up to the File menu and choose Close All. I am a real fan of this new tabbed document feature, which actually is a feature that comes from Photoshop CS4. I think it's a great way to keep your desktop organized and have all the documents at your fingertips. So give it a try and see what you think. If you don't like it, remember that you have the choice of working in floating document windows as long as you leave the Floating Document Preference that I showed you checked.
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