Photoshop: Dragging/reorganizing tabs WITHOUT accidentally creating a new window

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It would be great if when you drag a tab left/right at the top of the screen, it were a LOT harder to accidentally drag the tab down and create a new window. Right now 50% of the time I move a tab around I accidentally create a new window and it is very annoying to try and get it back up with the other tabs. Give us more leeway in the up/down direction when moving tabs, please.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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What version are you using?
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CS6. But as far as I can remember, this has been really easy to accidentally do in past versions. It's not a bug or anything, I would just like the range of movement up/down to be greater without turning the tab into a separate window.

The reason it doesn't bug me as much in Illustrator is because if you accidentally drag too far down, and it makes a new window, you can drag back up and make it a tab again. Photoshop won't allow this for me.
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I believe the tolerance setting was increased to make document tabs and panel tabs more difficult to accidentally undock. I just tried on my system and it's pretty difficult to accidentally detach them in CS6. Are you using a tablet or another input device?

Photoshop should allow you to retab your documents.

Can you post a screen shot of your Interface preferences? Is "Enable Floating Document Window Docking" enabled?
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Thanks for that tip about the preference. Mine was unchecked by default. That helps, although when you drag the window back to dock, you can no longer choose the left/right position of the tab, it just goes to the right-most side.

I am usually using a tablet with Photoshop, which does make it more of an issue. Although I have done this with a mouse as well.