Image Window Hidden


Today’s Question: When I open an image in Photoshop it “nests” behind my toolbar hiding the close or minimize buttons. Do you know of a fix for this?

Tim’s Quick Answer: You can force images to open into a tab rather than a floating window in Photoshop by turning on the “Open Documents as Tabs” checkbox in Preferences.

More Detail: While Photoshop enables you to open images in floating windows, doing so can often lead to issues where parts of the window or of the Photoshop interface are blocked. Having your documents open in tabs helps avoid this issue, and in my view streamlines the process of working with images in Photoshop.

If you already have open documents that are in windows, you can consolidate all of them to tabs by going to the menu and choosing Window > Arrange > Consolidate All to Tabs.

To have Photoshop always open images into tabs rather than floating windows, you can enable an option in Preferences. Start by choosing Edit > Preferences > Workspace from the menu on Windows, or Photoshop > Settings > Workspace on Macintosh. On the Workspace tab of the Preferences dialog turn on the “Open Documents as Tabs” checkbox in the Options section. This will cause all new documents or images you open to be opened in tabs rather than as floating windows.

You can then switch between open images by clicking on the applicable tab, similar to how you might switch between tabs in a web browser. This makes it convenient for working with multiple images, while also making it more streamlined even when only working with a single image.