Would help to know what OS & AI version you are running.
Mac remembers window position when you save. You can easily fix this by
I wouldn't say it's "normal" behavior.
If I open a new InDesign (CS6) document it opens as large as possible without going behind the tools and palettes.
If I open a new Illustrator (CS6) document it opens full screen and behind my palettes. So the first thing I need to do is hit "tab" to hide tools and palettes, resize the window to the size I want it, and hit tab again to get tools and palettes back - EVERY TIME I OPEN A DOCUMENT.
I'm just looking for a way for Illustrator to open a document like InDesign does.
Why would Adobe have one program opening documents one way and InDesign another way?
I agree this isn't "normal" behavior.
In CS5 the document window only opened up to the tool bar, now it opens up to the end of the screen (as previously stated) under the tool bar. This has been driving me CRAZY since I upgraded to CS6. I have been searching all morning for a solution and this seems to be the only post on this matter!
I think this might be what some people on here were suggesting but they didn't do a very good job of explaining what they meant. Sorry Mylenium, but if I don't know what a "docked workspace" is, your reply doesn't make any sense.
If you're on a Mac like I am (and probably even if you're not):
Grab your tool bar and move it all the way to the left until it's flush with the left of your screen and until you see a blue line going down the side of your monitor. I guess that means it's "docked".
Do the same with your palettes on the right side of your screen (if you set up that way). When you see the blue line, your palettes are "docked".
NOW when you open a new document, it opens between the tools and palettes, NOT behind them.
but they didn't do a very good job of explaining what they meant.
When answering your question, people here have to take at least some basic stuff as granted. And that's why most of the regulars here assume that you at least read the introduction parts of the manual. For example this one: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/illustrator/cs/using/WS714a382cdf7d304e7e07d0100196cbc5f-633aa .html
Sorry that I'm so stupid Monika.
Here's someone's comment thanking me, so there must be at least 2 of us that are totally inept.
"Thank you, Thank you!!! I work in Ai all day every day and this has been driving me CRAZY so you have just restored my sanity as well!!! And I didn't understand what "docked" meant either."
Again, my apologies for not being as totally awesome as you are!
I agree. I have been most unawesome as well. Just moving the Tools palette accidentally by one pixel enforces the unwanted behaviour that the document window is behind it. Rather than deriding paying customers, Adobe should make such glitches more obvious or at least refrain from laughing at customers helping each other successfully.
Remember - the customer is always right.