Photoshop: Layers Panel maximum height removal

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Please consider removing the Layer Panel's maximum height.
It's currently unable to stretch to be taller than 1480px.

I run one vertical monitor and being able to place my Layers Panel in it and use the whole 1920px height would be an impactive ui improvement.


Is there a sensible reason for it have a max height less than 1920px?
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Do you use multiple monitors? If you restart Photoshop on your higher res monitor can your resize? (This is the behavior I observe - the panel is contained to the dimensions of the monitor resolution was launched on. Relaunching Photoshop on the with the current, larger resolution allows it to fit to the new, bigger dimensions)
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Hi, Jeff.

Yep, I run multiple monitors. Four, at the moment.
My main monitor (which I use for the main Photoshop application window) is 2560x1440.
My vertical monitor is a normal 1080x1920, but rotated 90° and set to portrait orientation (soooo nice for information display).

Hmmm wow ---> If I tell my Windows 7 to make my vertical mon my "main display" and then fire up my Photoshop 2017, YES I can resize the Layers Panel to be a full 1920px height. Hah, amazing to finally see this!
Unfortunately . . . I can't keep my vert mon as my main display. It's pretty counter-intuitive for the reasons I use a vertical monitor to begin with - start bar and desktop icons smushed into the portrait mode monitor, Windows OS behaviors, etc.

But yeah, that did work in that It allowed me to resize the Layers Panel as needed but I lose this ability when I revert my display settings back to normal.



Knowing this, it's clear that the engineers imposed the panel height limit so that a panel won't somehow come to exceed the height of the working display, making it difficult or impossible to use/see the entire panel without having to drag it up and down.
This makes sense, BUT, if it did somehow happen to a user he can always reset his workspace to get all panels back to a manageable height.

I know ui issues are very touchy around here, but . . . man it would be nice if PS didn't impose max panel heights using the criteria it does.
It feels like a forced limitation motivated by excessive caution.

Might it be improved for us odd display setup guys if it checked ALL monitors in use and went off the largest vertical resolution dimension found instead of assuming going off the monitor it launched on.
And . . . nobody wants a billion obscure checkboxes in their Preferences settings, but . . . I'm gonna go there - "Force all panels to be limited by launch display's resolution." 


pretty please with drop shadows on top!
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Yes. I'll see if this is something that's possible to change.
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mathias

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Thank you, Jeff!
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I'm having the same problem on mac os x.

I have 3 displays:

- 32" DELL UP3216Q @ 3840 x 2138
- 27" LED Cinema Display @ 2560 x 1440
- Mac Book Pro Retina Display @ 3360 x 2100

My Layers panel is getting constrained to a mere 1092 pixels in height. This is very small on the 32" DELL... it occupies only ~51% of the display height — I really need the layers panel to extend to the full height of whatever display it's dragged to.

I frequently dock / undock displays as I go from meetings and return to my desk... it would be really helpful if Photoshop checked for the largest display height on focus, rather than on first launch?
Perhaps the layers panel itself could query the display size that it is currently occupying?

Relaunching and reopening Photoshop with heavily layered 1.6 GB PSB files used for Web UI takes a very long time — it would be really helpful if Photoshop could detect displays on focus, or upon release from dragging panels into another display to determine the max height rather than first launch (which is frequently inadequate).