No, I’m not teaching my kids to swim… they can do that already.  I’m talking about my windows in PSE8 and 9!

We first ran across tabbed windows in Photoshop CS4 and wrote about it here, but it took until PSE8 for them to show up in Photoshop Elements.  For those of you who don’t have either version, here’s what we’re talking about:
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When you open more than one image, they are all the full size of the workspace and little tabs appear at the top, so you can only see one image at a time.  Total pain in the butt! Makes it really hard to drag things onto your layout, which is the way we are most used to working.

But you know we’d find a way around this for you!!  Here’s what you can do:

Step 1: Go to Edit>Preferences>General and you’ll get this dialog box.  Check to make sure the “Allow Floating Documents in Full Edit Mode” box is checked.  If it’s not, click in it to check it.
float3Step 2: Now go to Window>Images> and click on “Float All in Windows”
If it is grayed out (like you see in this example) then you don’t have the “Allow Floating Documents…” box checked from Step  Go back to your Preferences and make sure it IS checked.

    Now you should see all your windows separately, just like you’re accustomed to!  But I have to warn you, this isn’t totally foolproof.

Warning 1: When you restart the program, you may need to do Step 2 again.  Not always though.  Don’t know why, but if your windows start tabbing, just go up to the Window Menu and choose Images then click on Float All in Windows.

Warning 2: When you drag your windows around, be careful.  If you get too close to the top edge of another window, the program may think you want to tab them in the same window.  You’ll know it’s thinking that, because your image will get transparent and get a blue line around the other window like this:
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If you let go of the mouse button when it looks like this they’ll be tabbed in one window.  But no problem, go up to the Windows menu and choose Images>Float All in Windows and you’ll be back in business.  After a while you get good at avoiding that, just drag a little further up or down and the blue line will go away and you’re good.

So now all your windows will float as peacefully together as a bunch of moms in the swimming pool with a pitcher of margaritas!

Hope this helps all those of you who have recently upgraded to PSE8 or 9!  We’ll look at some of the newer features of these two versions soon!

Happy Scrapping!
Jenn

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  1. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

    Now, this is what I call an amazing tip!!! Thank you so much. I was very annoyed about the tabwindows and now I finally know how to tackle that.

    You made my day!!!

    Monique :o)

  2. I just recently upgraded to CS4 and found this to be one of the most frustrating options in the program. Why in the world would they think that is a good idea? I’m actually finding quite a few things I don’t like about CS4. I miss my CS2.

    • Jenn says:

      I have a bad habit of starting up my CS3 without really meaning to, have to force myself to use the CS5 until I get used to it. You’ll get used to it. But frankly I have NO IDEA who could have told them that was a good idea!

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  4. […] Elements 8 and 9? (Don't know why Adobe thought this was useful to scrappers!) See our blog post on how to float your windows like we are used to in PSE 7 and before. Thanks for taking a look! __________________ Stan White please visit our blog and […]

  5. JoyceB says:

    Wonderful! The more I hear about PSE8 and especially 9 the more I want to upgrade…..for my MacBook.

  6. Zanne says:

    Seeing as I have PSCS3… this apparently doesn’t apply to me.

    Thanks for enlightening us!

  7. Joe Federer says:

    Best tip ever! I do hope they bring it back to to ‘default float’ for CS6.

  8. Clive says:

    Jenn:

    Than you so much! The tabbing business is a pain. What were/are Adobe thinking?

    BTW .. I frequently use “EDIT Quick” (great for midtone adjustments) and even if I adjust just one image, ALL opened images go back to being “tabbed” again. What a pain, eh? But at least now I know how to get them all separated again with a couple of clicks. Thanks.

    Clive

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