I am going crazy here, been searching for ages how to do this and cant find the solution.
When I am working with various pictures in PS, I have like 10 open and every time I go out of photoshop and come back, they have all closed down to the docking window. I have to re-open them again from there, I want to STOP THEM from closing when I go to desktop or somewhere else. I want them to stay afloat. I know I can click Ctrl + mouse and "restore all windows" but that is also a nuisance because it resized my PS window and I have to push up teh layers palette again. Can anyone help pls?
Your using a mac and which version?
In cs6 are you using the application frame and floating document windows?
So when you click on an open area on the desktop, photoshop and all the documents minimize to the dock?
How are you switching other open applications?
What happens if you use Cmd+Tab to switch between running applications?
No, I am on a PC, Windows 7, PS CS6
I click in the taskbar on the desktop icon (since PS is always full size open), then click back to PS and ONLY the pics are all docked to taskbar. PS window stays normal. PS window ONLY resizes if a Ctrl + click on PS icon in taskbar and say: restore all windows. I ALWAYS switch in taskbar or toggle. Ctrl + tab just lets me switch the pictures in PS itself.
I can't seem to reproduce that on a windows 7 machine.
You using floating document windows in photoshop cs6 and do you have the taskbar buttons set to never combine or always combine?
Is photoshop cs6 updated to the latest version?
(Help>Updates from within photoshop cs6)
Maybe if you were to post a short video, like on YouTube, someone might spot the problem.
No, I don't have ANY pictures minimized, they are all open in floating tabs and when I get back, they are all minimized in dropdown in taskbar
I think you mean Floating Windows. Editing in tabs is different. Try resetting your Photoshop Preferences. Photoshop Image windows should not minimize to the task bar when you minimize and restore Photoshop's window.
Yes, updated. Tried all 3 versions of the "combine" etc. and restarted my computer, didn't resolve the problem. No I don't want to work with tabbed view. I need to see 10 graphics at a time and drag and drop on top of each other, too time consuming in tabbed view.
Here is a short vodei:
Thanks for the video. It has become clear you're minimizing the application with the "Show Desktop" feature.
I can reproduce that here as well on Windows 7. I'd say it's a bug, though personally I avoid using "Show Desktop" entirely so would not have seen it without trying to follow your lead. If you click on Photoshop's Minimize control it works as JJ showed.
You can make multiple documents visible in Tabbed view. I noticed a long time ago that Adobe didn't work too hard to make the multi-document view work very well. They apparently all prefer Tabbed view in house and made that work better, so I made the effort to switch around the time of Ps CS4. I dislike tabbed interfaces in general. I turn it off in my browsers, for example. But within Photoshop I find it can mostly be tolerated. It takes a few weeks to get used to, but IMO it's worth the effort because everything just works more smoothly.
Yes it looks like clicking show desktop causes the problem. I never click on that I may hover over it on the Win 7 desktop which shows the desktop without minimizing windows. Looks like clicking on show desktop minimizes all windows and hides subwindows. Where minimizing the application window minimize the main Photoshop window and hides all sub windows withour minizing them.
Restoring PS window restores PS window and sub windows. However when show desktop is used sub windows have been minimized.
Well this is really annoying to say the least. It worked before so maybe its some update windows made that is now causing this. Its clear that the way I work with pictures having to overlap constantly, I cannot use tabbed windows, its too time consuming. Fact is, as long as I am working on the "unfinished" document, they dont have proper naming so I wouldn't know which pic is in which tab lololol.
Anyway, thanks for all the help guyz, I really appreciate it
TayAlex, I don't know that you're going to find a solution, beyond waiting for Adobe possibly to fix this.
But I wanted to mention, since you keep making statements that make me feel you don't know this... Tabbed view does NOT require just one document at a time to be shown on the screen.
Look at the Window - Arrange menu.
For now you're going to have to get out of the habit of using the "Show Desktop" function of Windows.
You might be able to set up an action that will get all the floating windows to reappear in the photoshop workspace.
Try using Window>Arrange>Consolidate All to Tabs then Window>Arrange>Float All in Windows
if the above will do, you can make an action using the Insert Menu Item to record the above two steps and then assign a function key to the action.
Also, holding down the Ctrl+Tab keys after going back to photoshop, should restore all the minimized floating windows to their previous positions.
Thank you Noel and yes, I didn't know that
R_Kelly, works wonders. I will get down to try making an action but Ctrl + Tab is exactly what I needed.
Window>Arrange>Consolidate All to Tabs then Window>Arrange>Float All in Windows is good too but then I have to pull teh pics apart again whereas with Ctrl + Tab, they are still in place where they should be
Thx a lot, problem solved for now
Anytime You just have to hold Ctrl + Tab and click with mouse on PS icon in taskbar and it will open all, if you only hold Ctrl + Tab, it will open PS with 1 pic and each time to ctrl + tab, it opens next one until all are open