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Sun, Nov 2, 2014 2:33 PM

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Photoshop: Can't move or minimize photoshop window

I am no longer able to drag my Photoshop window to reveal what is under it. Additionally, I no longer have the three small round dots at upper left including a yellow one for minimizing the Photoshop window. I am using Photoshop extended CS6, student and teacher version for windows/mac os, and am working on a mac os x version 10.8.5.

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6 years ago

Sounds like you're stuck in a full screen mode.

Hit the f key until the UI returns.

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

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I know I've had this issue before and was able to fix it but, for some reason, this time I couldn't remember what on earth to do. I've been looking for a solution on and off for almost an hour now while working and all it took was one 'f' toggle. You're a god, thank you. 

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try on macbooks system preferences -> Arrangements. if you change there it will return

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You’re a savior thanks

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Double click the title bar of the application and all windows fit within the current screen!

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Top left hand corner of Photoshop window three buttons Red Orange and Green - click the Green once and it should return the window to where one can see the bottom.

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THANK YOU!
DALE

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I also had the same issue. Finally, it was solved when I went to Windows/Application Frame (found near the bottom). Make sure Application Frame is NOT checked.

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6 years ago

Hi Jeffrey: I hit the f (letter) key repeatedly, and no change occurred. I did the same with the fn key on the small key pad to the right of the regular one (Apple keyboard) with no result. I also used the "view" dropdown menu, and selected screen mode. "Standard Screen Mode" was checked, and I was unable to activate "Full Screen Mode." Any further thoughts on this problem?

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6 years ago

Hi Ronald, in that case, I would try restoring your prefs: http://blogs.adobe.com/crawlspace/201...

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

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Thanks, Jeffrey, reset on quit is what did it for me.

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5 years ago

I came here looking for a solution. I don't know if my problem was exactly as yours, but for me I had the windows of the two pictures anchored to just below the top toolbar. Forgive me if I am using the wrong terms also, please. :) So if I clicked on a the title bar, I would swap pictures. I couldn't click on the picture itself, or see both side by side.

All I had to do was drag the title bar of the images off the top anchor area below all the toolbar icons. Dragged them into the middle of the workspace, and they were freed up, and my minimize and such all showed up in the top right corner.

Hope this helps others who get here from a Google Search. :)

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YOUR SOLUTION WORKED LIKE MAGIC! FEEL SILLY NOW. BUT THANKS SO MUCH. :-)

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Thank you so much!

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5 years ago

Thank you! The f key worked for me - it toggles between full screen, maximized screen and minimized screen for me.

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5 years ago

The "F" key solved the problem. Thanks for the useful tip!

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5 years ago

You can also press Command Option Shift at the same time. Continue pressing it while right clicking on the photoshop icon and select open. Continue holding these keys down the whole time. A window will pop up asking you to delete those setting and return to default. Click Yes and boom your photoshop window is back to normal. The same thing happened to me and the f key did not work. Hopefully this helps.

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Thanks. Best solution yet to my glitchy Photoshop CC.

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Thank you this was driving me INSANE

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Oh, my! Been fighting with my MacBook for weeks! Finally! Thanks!

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That's the solution, thanks!

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It is better answer over internet! Thanks.

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Thank you so much. This solution kept me from pulling all my hair out.

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AWESOMEEE THANKSS 

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Oh thank god.

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Thank you!

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Legend, Thank you! 

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Amazing! Thanks!!

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Thank you so much!!!! Worked !!!

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wow  that worked!  so frustrating that this happens at all.  thanks!

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Thanks for this! It's the only thing that worked for me!

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you are a genius!

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4 years ago

Ha!  This is a Mac issue:  My problem was that I had increased my screen resolution at some point and opened a few windows.   When I returned my screen to the normal resolution photoshop started opening windows with the control bar behind the Mac menu bar.   So the minimize and bar to move the window were just obstructed.
Fix: increase resolution (Apple - preferences- displays- scaled - more space)  This will reveal the whole window.  Drag it down. and return resolution to default.

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None of those other solutions worked for me but this one did!!! Thank you my good man! This was driving me crazy!!

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Yes! This one helped me as well!

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4 years ago

The F key did not work, nor did any function key or Esc. Turns out: I had created my own problem by having an external monitor! I quit Photoshop, detached the cable from the computer to the external monitor, and reopened Photoshop. Voila! But that's pret-ty d***ed esoteric! I'm on a Mac desktop.

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You should be able to click the Green button in the upper right to resize it to fit the current screen. Another option is to create custom workspaces for each of your environments. (Window > Workspace > New Workspace...)

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Thanks, Jeffrey. I'm sure it's hard to picture, but I COULD NOT GET to the green button. The whole window had slid to the left and could not be slid back to the right, to reach any of those buttons. As I say, pretty esoteric.

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Ellen, that's EXACTLY what caused my problem. The Shift-Command-Option + right click PS icon and saying Yes to default (see above) fixed it for me after fighting it for an hour. I never thought about unplugging the big monitor!!

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EUREKA. Same problem. Stuck Photoshop window on a 2 screen set up (Window stuck halfway between the screens). Try this fix as a quick alternative to unplugging the screen. Go To SYSTEMS PREFERENCES - Screen - Arrangement - Move the second screen to a new configuration position. This unlocked the Photoshop window and I could move it back onto the main screen. VOILA ! Good luck

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Yes !!  The external monitor was my problem as well... should have thought of it myself.... but didn't :)

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I have 2 monitors and whenever I disconnect them, even while they are sleeping (another discussion said to sleep them to prevent the problem) the Photoshop file I am working on gets almost completely hidden so I cannot pull it back. None of the methods above worked except the "Shift-Command-Option + right click" option. So, thank you!!!

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3 years ago

There are several solutions here, some very good ones. This is the simplest and best I've found so far that doesn't require relaunching PS, unplugging monitors or throwing away prefs, etc.

Recap: When Photoshop (or any app) on a Mac gets stuck on a second monitor that has less resolution and is already scaled as high as it can go, the Photoshop App title bar (the Application Frame) gets hidden under the Apple menu and there is no way to select it or move it. Solution:

Under the Apple menu, open System Preferences
Choose Display
Click on Arrangement

Drag the blue monitor icon that represents the lower resolution monitor that Photoshop is on and position it underneath the default monitor.

Photoshop will redraw the Application Frame so that you can see a little of it it again on the main monitor. Reposition it by clicking the green button or dragging the app title bar. Put the blue monitor icon back where it was before beside the default monitor.

Important! The last step, go back to the System Prefs/Display window and drag the monitor icon back to the left or right where it was before is critical! If you don’t, you won't be able to move your mouse across multiple displays the way you were. The display prefs will assume you have monitors stacked vertically on top of each other and that’s the way you would prefer to move your mouse between monitors. Note you may have to hide PS or use the dock to access the System Prefs/Display window again.

It actually takes much less time than it does to read this to do it.

Just realized John Maitland said exactly the same thing with about 100 less words. Sorry!

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3 years ago

hello every one...
i open two file in my photoshop...before this i can move file windows up..down..left..right..but now i just can move beside only...up n down cannot is stuck...i dont know what's a problem..can u help me please..

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In PS preferences:
Interface.... uncheck everything in Panels & Documents except Auto-show hidden panels

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TQ marlies najaka..it working...sove my problem

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3 years ago

Open any image, click the F key till you see 3 colored dots in the upper left hand corner, click the green dot to fit your window/workspace in your screen. now drag  bottom right hand corner of your window/workspace to reduce it's size. now you can move your window/workspace by dragging from the it's top.

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2 years ago

Quickest solution that works for me: Resize the window from the corner while pressing "alt" key.

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2 years ago

Check your scaling on display settings - turn off reduce size of photoshop and then turn back to the scale you want

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a year ago

For me the only solution is to go in Adobe\AdobePhotoshopCS6Portable\Data\Settings and delete the folder "Adobe Photoshop CS6 Settings"