Photoshop: CS6 won't "Save" the file, only allows "Save As..." dialog box

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CS6 - 64 on machine with 8 mg of memory will only open Save As when selecting File > Save. It was working just fine but suddenly it only opens Save As. I downloaded and installed the latest update to CS6 and rebooted but no help.
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John Blair

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Followup: If I open a photo and crop it then try to SAVE all it lets me do is SAVE AS. However if I open a photo and only adjust levels then SAVE works just fine.
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The crop tool changed in CS6 (not everyone thinks for the better), and one of its new idiosyncrasies is turning your Background into a Photoshop layer (Layer 0).

If you open a jpeg, adjust the levels, and save, everything's fine; nothing's changed, so save away.

However, when you crop, Photoshop now sees this as a layered file, and expects you to want to save it as a .PSD or layered TIFF.

It's a slight nuisance, but you can avoid the Save As... dialog by going to the Layer menu after cropping, and clicking New Background From Layer, or Flatten Image.
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Or, if you you have "Delete Cropped Pixels" checked, the background layer will remain.

Please note, however, that this is the destructive way to crop. With it unchecked the cropped area can be restored with Reveal All or re-editing the crop.
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Good point (I don't think I knew that), and if you ONLY and ALWAYS work with flat jpegs, you can't go wrong leaving that checked. But... it's the kind of checkbox that I don't trust myself with, because I'll forget, and slap my forehead at some point.

See, now there's something useful about the new crop tool, for all the haters - PS used to just let you go ahead and crop a flat file without even warning you you're chucking pixels.
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Thanks everyone for the help. Going to save a lot of keystrokes.