Photoshop: Layers palette size limited when switching to larger screen

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When running Photoshop on my MacBook screen and then plugging in a 27in Cinema Display, I'm unable to extend the height of the layers palette to more than the 800px limit of the previous screen. I have to quit Photoshop and relaunch in order to use the full height of the screen for palette sizes.

Palettes also end up in strange places and need to be repositioned. If I have a bunch of palettes on the right side of my macbook screen, they should be flush with the right side of a cinema display when I plug it in.

This has been the case for as long as I've been using Photoshop, and it's fairly inconvenient when one switches often between screen sizes.
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Kyle Youngblom

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Tai Luxon, Employee

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Hi Kyle,

Have you tried docking your panels into the docks on the side of the screen (or the side of the App Frame if you have it on: Window > Application Frame)? When the screen size changes, the screen-side docks will remain on the edges of the screen (or the app frame, which you can maximize with a single click on the green maximize button) and the panels in them will likewise. If you are not using the app frame, the screen-side docks are only on the primary display, so this will only work if you're making your Cinema Display the primary display.

Floating panels, on the other hand, do not move out toward the edges of the screen when the screen enlarges - they're all positioned relative to the top left I believe.

Unfortunately there is no way around the max palette size issue at this time, but thank you for the feedback on it.