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As you work on different projects it can be helpful to see more than one image at a time in Photoshop. So let's select all four of these images. I'll click on the first one, hold down the Shift key, and then click on the last one. And then hold down the Cmd key on Mac or Ctrl key on Windows, and tap the O key in order to open all four documents. Now I know that all four documents are open, because I can see them across the top here. Each one has its own tab, and I can cycle through them quickly using Ctrl+Tab, and that keyboard shortcut's the same on Mac and Windows. But if I want to see them all at one time, then I need to go into the Window menu and choose Arrange. You can see that Photoshop has a variety of different ways to arrange these images, or I can simply choose Tile.
Now we can see all four of the images at once. If I click on a different image to select it, And then go back to the Window menu to Arrange. And then I choose Consolidate All to Tabs. The image that I just clicked on, that active image, will become the front image. So I'm now working with this document. Now if this is something that you do all the time, and in fact it is something that I do all the time when I'm working with composite images, I typically want to go back and forth between working with the image that has all of my composited elements and then going out and looking to see what else I have open. So if you return back to the window menu, and choose workspace, you'll notice that we can access our keyboard shortcuts and menus from the window menu as well as the edit menu.
When I select this, we're going to make sure that we're changing the shortcuts for the application menu, and then I'll scroll down and we'll use the disclosure triangle in order to see the menus that are under the window menu. Scroll down a little bit more, and here we can see the Consolidate All to Tabs and the Tile options. So in order to assign keyboard shortcuts to these I'll click on the blank area to the right and the we can create our own shortcut. I think that T for tile makes sense so let's try Cmd+T.
Well when I select Command T or Control T on Windows, Photoshop's telling me that it's already in use, and in fact it's being used for something that I use all the time, which is free transform. So that's not a very good shortcut, so let's try another one. If I try Cmd+Shift or Ctrl+Shift+T, now Photoshop tells me that it's going to be removed from edit transform again. Sent I rarely use this keyboard shortcut, I'll go ahead and click Accept, taking it away free transform again and putting it here, next to Tile.
Now I'll do the same thing for Consolidate all to tabs. Since I usually go back and forth rather quickly, I think it would be nice to select a keyboard shortcut that's very similar. So I'll use Cmd+Shift again or Ctrl+Shift on Windows, and I'll pick a key that's right next to the T key, in this case the R key. This keyboard shortcut is already in use as well, but I don't use the lens correction filter as much as I consolidate all to tabs, so I'll click except again and then okay. So now when we returned to the window menu to arrange, we can see that our custom keyboard circuit have been assigned.
So if I want to go back and forth between tiling the images and then returning to a single document, I can use Command+Shift+R in order to return to a single document, and Command+Shift+T in order to tile. Now in order to close all of these documents, because we really didn't change any of them, I'll select File and then Close all. So there you have it, a very quick and efficient way to look at all of your open documents at one time. Click on the one that you want to work on. And then return to just seeing that single document.
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