Photoshop: Message boxes don't appear on the monitor the user is working on.

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I use 2 monitors and tend to move the Photoshop window from one to the other a lot.
I think that all dialog boxes / message boxes must appear on the monitor in which the action happened.
("the action" meaning the action that triggered the dialog box / message box to appear).
I think Photoshop shows the message box on the monitor where it was last closed. If you move the main window around, this might be a bit confusing since sometimes the dialog box may appear on the other monitor

So my idea is to have the dialog boxes appear on the monitor where the action was triggered, not where the main window was last closed.
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Message/dialog boxes should appear on the same monitor as where Photoshop itself is (the main UI, which includes the Menu bar, Min/Max/Close buttons, etc). The message/dialog boxes are in no way attached to the panels (so if you move the Tools panel to the second monitor, the Color Picker will still appear on the first monitor when clicking on the Foreground color)or to the image window. But they should also remember where they were last closed, so you can move them to the second monitor when they open, the next time they open they will be in the same position.
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I see. I guess there's no workaround for this.

I guess it would be nice to have an option in Preferences / Interface that allows dialog boxes to show up on the same monitor, but maybe that's just me :)
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"so you can move them to the second monitor when they open"
Yes, but at least message boxes could appear on the monitor you're working on.
I understand why you would want your color picker to appear on the other monitor, but the message box shouldn't appear like this:


Sometimes I don't even see the message box and think that Photoshop suddenly stopped working.
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And i'm sure that nobody moves the message boxes around. People will just click OK.
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Currently, I only have multiple monitors available on my Mac, which works exactly as I describe. I move PS to my second monitor (the main window, not just panels), then I use the Heal Brush without choosing a source point, the warning message pops up on the second monitor. Then I move PS back to the first monitor, and that message pops up on the first monitor. The message follows PS from monitor to monitor without me having to drag it around. What you are seeing may be a behavior particular to Windows. The modal dialogs (like color picker) should always remember their last position. However, this "Alt-click" message is more of a system warning, so it may be tied to the system Task Bar (Start menu). We may have not control over this via Photoshop. Try moving the Task Bar to the second monitor and see if the message follows.