Photoshop: Close PS window when last image closed

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Akash Sharma on staff with Adobe requested I put this idea here. 

I would really like to have the option of when you close your last open file in Photoshop CC that the Photoshop window also closed revealing the desktop behind. This is how it used to work pre Photoshop CC. I almost always have more need of my desktop when I close my last file than the Photoshop home screen or the empty Photoshop window if the home screen is disabled in the preferences. For those on a single screen or lacking screen real estate, it might also be nice to have Bridge revealed instead of the Photoshop window. Just a thought.

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Well, I could probably get used to it, but once again I'd prefer to be able to choose what happened. I more often intend to drag a new file into the document window than have any need to see my desktop. I can see my dock easily enough for almost anything I'll next use, if it isn't going to be PS.

I don't have a problem clicking the X to minimize it to the dock (Mac), or using the kbsc, either, if I don't want it, anymore than I find it problematic to click on Bridge or the Finder in the dock to bring it back to the front on top of an open PS.

So in the long run, if I lose the open document window every time and am staring at my desktop, I lose a bit of flexibility, and it's more difficult (especially when I'm using the touch pad for my MBP rather than my stylus), to drag a file from the Finder OR Bridge onto the PS dock icon. Whether or not double-click opens the file in PS depends upon File Associations, and I have different ones set up for Finder vs Bridge.

If you're on Windows, maybe what you want does more for you than it would for me on a Mac. . .???
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For our workflow, having the window close would be better. Both myself and my coworker doing the same work noticed this change when we switched to CC. Me a long time ago and her just this week when she switched from Photoshop 5. To each their own but having the option in preferences would be really nice. We all have our own way of working.

I'm a recent convert from MAC to PC and the experience in this regard is pretty much identical...as surprisingly are most things now.
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I can't stand the document frame or tabs. UGH. Adobe needs to allow the same UI on Windows as the Mac. Using Windows is already a sucky bundle of frustration and rage, this is just one more thing that makes it worse.
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The issue that I'm talking about here is identical on my MAC. There was no way of getting the document window to close automatically when the last document is closed. It was by request of an Adobe staff person that I'm posting this issue here as she agrees it's an issue. The only thing I've come across so far that I find I don't like with my new experience of doing Photoshop on a PC is the Help window doesn't highlight the Photoshop feature you're looking for within the program. That needs to change.
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There is no empty document window in Photoshop on the Mac if you don't want it. Look at this screenshot...

Go to menu 'Window' and uncheck 'Application Frame' at the bottom.

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The difference your seeing between mac and pc is on a mac the application frame can be turned off so when you close/minimize all open documents the desktop can be seen.
Windows always has the Application Frame on and cannot be turned off, so i don't think adobe can do anything to change windows versions of photoshop in regards to the application frame.

On the mac side in photoshop go to Window and uncheck Application Frame.
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Cool! I had never found that before. When I switched to CC long ago I had tried to find an answer to this question then. I wonder if it was added later?
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Application Frame was added later. Early versions of Photoshop for Mac didn't have that. It's a pity that Adobe support does not know these basic things...
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Maybe now that they asked me to post this here, they'll deal with it for those of us on PC. Fingers crossed. Do you know if the earliest version of CC for Mac had the option of having the application window close when the last document was closed?  That's when I first noticed the issue but couldn't figure it out at the time.
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It has always been possible, because -like I said- the application frame was added later (and it was always an option).
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As a recent switcher to Windows, i hate not being able to work without an application frame! As far as i know, this is an issue with Windows, not Adobe. It's one of a million things which Microsoft does very poorly with regards to their OS.