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By default, in Photoshop CS6, in the Essentials workspace, Mini Bridge is collapsed in the lower left-hand corner. To expand Mini Bridge, single-click on the tab; to collapse Mini Bridge double-click the tab. If you prefer Mini Bridge to appear somewhere else and not nested at the bottom with the Timeline panel, you can click and drag it out in order to float it above the other panels. I'll go ahead and collapse the timeline so that we have a little bit more space, and then you'll notice I can click and drag in order to resize Mini Bridge.
I can make it as large or as small as I want. I could even drag this to a secondary monitor. If I prefer, I can dock it with my other panels on the right, by clicking on the Mini Bridge tab and then dragging until I see this blue line. When I let go, Mini Bridge becomes a part of these collapsed panels. If I click on the Mini Bridge icon, it will expand it. Of course I can shrink this if I think it's too large, by clicking on the very left-hand corner with the double-headed arrow and then sliding that to the right.
You can see that I can scroll through all of the documents that are in the folder. If I double-click on an image to open it, one of the things that I would really like Mini Bridge to do is sort of autocollapse or just kind of tuck itself away now that I'm done browsing. But by default, it doesn't actually do that. However, what you can do is right-mouse- click where it says Mini Bridge, or if you've got a one-button mouse on the Mac, use the Ctrl key and click and then choose to Auto-Collapse Iconic panels.
Now if I were to move to the second image, double-click on it to open it, when I click anywhere else in the interface away from the Mini Bridge panel, Mini Bridge will automatically collapse so that I'm left seeing a much bigger area to work on my images. Two quick shortcuts that you should know about with Mini Bridge. You will notice that in Mini Bridge I have navigated to the Interface folder, but if we switch over to Bridge for a moment, you can see that I'm actually viewing a different folder.
Let's use the boomerang icon here to go back to Photoshop. When I returned back, did you notice that Mini Bridge automatically became in sync with Bridge? If I want to do the opposite, meaning I want to return back to the folder I was looking at here in Mini Bridge and I actually want to synchronize Bridge with this folder, I can right-mouse-click or again, that's on the Mac, Ctrl+Click, and choose Reveal in Bridge, and now the priority will be to change Bridge in order for Bridge to sync up with what I was looking at in Mini Bridge.
And an advanced user tip: if you prefer not to use Mini Bridge because you're more comfortable with big Bridge, you can actually put Bridge into a compact view by clicking on the icon in the very upper right-hand corner. In compact view, you can see that Bridge actually floats on top of any of the Creative Suite applications. So even if I click in the background area here of my image, if I select another tool in Photoshop, Bridge is going to float on top so that I could access and open additional files.
So it's just a different view of Bridge if you prefer Bridge over Mini Bridge. It's very easy to put Bridge back in its un-collapsed or its expanded state and that's by clicking on the icon again, and you can see here that we will move right back to full screen. And there you have it, a lot of different options for both Bridge and Mini Bridge, so that you can find the files that you want to work with and quickly get started in Photoshop.
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