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So as you've probably already experienced when you open up a document inside Photoshop, it opens up in this tabbed document manner. So, let's go ahead and double-click on an image. From Mini Bridge, it will open up as a tabbed window. Some people don't like this feature. They like to go back to the old way or the standard way of just having floating windows. So go ahead and click-and-drag a tab out and float it. That's fine. That changes that one window. But the next time you open up another image, let's go back to Mine Bridge and choose a different image, you'll see that will open up tabbed in the floating window, whatever the active window is.
So you're like, ah! I didn't want that. So you drag that tab and now it's floating. But it's just going to continue to repeat that behavior. Well, it turns out, you can do something about it. If you don't like this tabbed document feature and you just want to work with floating windows, just because you like being able to move them around wherever you want in more of a free- form manner, then there is actually a Preference for you to change that. The Preferences can be found on the Macintosh under the Photoshop menu and on the Windows, it would be under the Edit menu. I do like to know the keyboard shortcut for this one because I go to Preference frequently.
So it's Command+K or Ctrl+K to open up the Preferences dialog. In the Interface section of your Preferences there is this right here, Open Documents as Tabs, and if you turn that off and then click OK, let's go open up a third image by going to Mini Bridge. We'll just choose this image here, double-clicking. You'll see that it will now open as a floating window instead of getting tabbed either in the application frame or in whatever the active window was. Okay, that's great! But there is one additional thing to be aware of.
You might be dragging this window around. Even though we didn't open this tab, you'll see that if you're not paying attention, you can accidentally still get it tabbed with another window or in this example, I'll pull this back out. Get it tabbed back into the Application Frame as well. You're like well, why is that happening? Where is my other open documents? Well, this has now come to the front. Those floating windows were behind, because you can still have the ability to tab it into the View area. So, now I need to go to the Window menu, bring that window to the front.
Window menu again, bring that window to the front and so forth. So how do you kill the tabbing document feature altogether? That one preference, we just only turn off the behavior when a document gets opened. It doesn't disable tabbing altogether. To do that, there is one more option in Preferences. So again, I'm going to do Command or Ctrl +K to bring up Preferences or under the Photoshop menu, choose Preferences. The advantage of using the menu is that you can actually skip to the specific category of preferences that you want, at least on the Mac. Windows again, you would just go to Edit > Preferences.
Back to Interface, the category of Preferences there. Here is the uber switch that you want to turn off, Enable Floating document window Docking. It's kind of a mouthful. But if you turn that off, the combination of these two Preferences turned off together permanently disables the ability to tab these documents. So you see now as I drag these around, I can't drag it into that Doc tab there. I can't drag it into another window to combine them. So again, this may not matter to you. You may like the tabbed document feature. I've gotten quite used to and kind of like it. That's a way to always have my windows managed.
So I don't get into the situation where one window can get completely behind another window. For instance, here if I resize this window with its corner and drag that, this just get still be cumbersome if I'm working with multiple documents and I'm having to drag this out of the way and then click in that to bring it to the front. So the advantage of having that tabbed document feature is that it manages your windows a little bit better for you. But it's up to you. It's your choice. So you decide what you like.
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