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I really like the fact that every time I open up a document, it opens the document in these tabbed panels. But if I wanted to float my images, I could simply click and drag anywhere in this image area and let go in order to have a floating document. If I wanted to float all of my documents, I could choose Window and then Arrange and then float all of them in windows. But if I select this and then I open a new document, that new document is going to be tabbed. And if I'm not careful and I am moving around one image and I happen to hover on top of another image and let go, it would tab those as well.
So if you want to have your images always floating and never be in tabs, then you can go to the Photoshop Preferences, to the Interface Preferences, and you would choose to uncheck the option to Open Documents as Tabs. Now the next time I open a document, it would simply be floating in a window. If I never want to accidentally put two floating windows together and tab them, then I would also want to uncheck the option to Enable Floating Document Window Docking. Personally, I like my images to be tabbed, so I am going to leave both of those on and then click OK.
If I ever want to put these back into the tabs, we select Window > Arrange > Consolidate to Tabs, and now I can quickly move through the images by either clicking on the tabs or I can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Tab to quickly move through my open documents.
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