CS5: How to open documents in larger floating windows by default (PS7/CS2 behavior) when grey application bg is small in windowed mode?

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I'm so sorry, I have no idea how to even describe this. I've been using Photoshop in various versions for ages and presently I'm using CS5 at work.

When I'm working, I like to make the grey background as small as physically possible so I can pull up reference images, chat logs, videos, etc, while still working. In PS7 and CS2 (possibly others?) when I opened a file, it would "float" the window in a reasonable position by default and open the file at whatever size fit best on the screen, scaling the window to match.



(This is an old screenshot and obviously the windows have been scaled a bit, but it gives you a pretty good idea of how I work!)

Now in CS5, I've disabled the "open new files as tabs" thing, but it still attempts to scale new files to the grey background rather than my screen for some reason. This means that files open RIDICIULOUSLY tiny.



I added an action to open files at 100% and while that no longer means things are opening at 1.9% by default, it doesn't change the scaling of the window.



If there's any way I could get it to open all files and new documents at a reasonable size, that would be amazing.

Desired behavior would look something like this:


Any help is appreciated, thanks!
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Chris Cox

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Window -> Application Frame.

Your mistake was trying to shrink the application frame instead of turning it off.
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Delayed response, I'm sorry, haven't had a free moment. I'm not seeing this option inside the "Window" menu. Google implies this is a Mac-only setting. I am using Windows 8. Any ideas?
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Windows does not have that option - Microsoft requires applications to have a background in Windows. I didn't look closely enough at your screenshots to see that you were on Windows.
Yes, the option is Macintosh only.
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Alright, so back to the initial question, then.

With the grey background made as small as I can, is there a way to force the windows that open on new document/open document to scale to fit the SCREEN rather than the application background?
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Don't make the background small. Document windows have to fit within the application background on Windows - and when you make that small, that forces the document windows to open small.

Basically, you're trying to fight the way that Windows wants applications to work.
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Not sure how the threading is meant to work on this forum, I apologize.

I get that I'm fighting how it's designed to work, but his worked fine in PS7 and CS2! I've been using Photoshop for AGES and this has become the one thing that is incredibly frustrating in newer versions of the program. I might downgrade back to CS2 if this is impossible. :/ I often need to have Skype going in the background if I want to get any work done at all without tabbing back and forth constantly to check if whatever my coworkers are saying is important and requires a reply or not.

If nothing else... hey Adobe, here's a feature that your Mac users have that your Windows users would really like back.
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AFAIK, Windows has never been able to turn off the application frame in Photoshop (or most other applications on Windows).