Enable Photoshop main window

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Matek, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. Matek macrumors 6502a

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    I'm using Photoshop CS3 on Windows at work. When I run the program, even if no files are open, I get an empty gray window with some toolbars.

    At home, I'm running Photoshop CS4 on OS X. When I run the program, my toobars and any images I open later just float on the screen. This is very distracting (both visualy and functionally) as I have other windows and a colorful wallpaper in the background.

    I was wondering - can I turn this free-floating mode off and have a standard empty window that constrains all other elements? Is this a CS3 -> CS4 feature or Windows vs. OS X difference?
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    In short, no.

    That is way OS X handles things.
     
  3. Theophany macrumors 6502

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    View > Screen Mode > Maximised Screen Mode

    Whilst you have documents open, there will be no floating. It's not exactly the same, I know, and it's not as elegant when working with multiple documents. But hey, no more distractions! ;)
     
  4. Matek thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Grumble. Perhaps in CS5...

    Thanks, I'm a photoshop n00b and didn't know about this :D. Not perfect, but certainly helpful.
     
  5. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Nope. It's quite likely that you will never see this option on the Mac. It is a major difference between how the two OSs work.

    Think of it this way:

    In Windows, whenever you close the last window of a program, the program quits, whether it be IE, Word, etc. The gray background window is the ONLY way Adobe can keep PS open after all the other windows are closed.

    In OS X, whenever you close the last window of an app, the app remains running in the background (with a few exceptions - iPhoto, because it is a one window app and quite useless with that window closed.) Therefore, PS doesn't need the plain background there to keep the app open. BTW, this method also allows you to quickly access files on the desktop, which I find to be a very handy temporary storage area.
     
  6. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    In Photoshop, with a file open, you can cycle through different view modes by pressing the F key. Try it out, you'll find one that suits you.

    And also, yet another reason to have a plain mid to dark grey desktop if you're doing graphic work. ;)
     
  7. felixrei macrumors newbie

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    Can

    Window | Application Frame (turn on).
    Window | Workspace | Consolidate all to tabs
    Photoshop | Preferences | Open Documents as tabs
     

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