Photoshop: Newly-opened document does not respect the position of the tools palette

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Opening a new window in Photoshop does not respect the position of the Tools palette. The window opens directly in the top-left corner of the screen and thus is under the tools. For a very small image like an icon, this can almost entirely obscure the top bar of the image window.

There does not appear to be a standard way to set the default window location (Window / Save Default Window) as in other Mac OS X applications.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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It sounds like your Tool bar is floating. If the Tool bar is docked to the side of the screen or the application frame, then the document window should open cleared of the Tool bar.
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Of course it's floating, the way it always has since I first picked up Photoshop 2.1. The first thing I did when I saw the new 6.0 interface was have a very stiff drink, thinking about how much money I had wasted on this application that suddenly looked like it crawled out of a Microsoft drone factory. Then I found all the controls to turn off the docked single-window madness and use the full size of my dual monitors the way I wanted to. This is the lingering bug that has me cursing this purchase every time I open a new document. Other than that, it works fine.
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Can you post a screen shot of your entire screen? You can dock/snap the toolbar to the edge without the app background to get the behavior you want.
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Just drag the tool bar just a touch to the left until a blue highlight appears next to the edge of the screen. Then drop the tool bar. Documents will open to the right of the tool bar then.
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Thank you very much... the blue highlight was the key. How the toolbar became unanchored... I don't know. But thank you for returning to me my sanity.
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Now that I think of it... a number of Photoshop "glitches" arose after I installed and used "Mackeeper"... Is there a connection?
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Possibly, MacKeeper is generally regarded as malware.
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Exactly what edge (of what) would it dock to? I want it to remain a fully independent floating palette, placed where I want it. I especially don't want it to become an extension of the entire window, like some toolbar anchored in IE. I just need new windows to respect any other palette, as a peer.
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The left edge. It needs to be snapped to the edge for the document to know where to land.