PHOTOSHOP CC 2015 - Mac, when a floating window is over a docked window and the docked window is given focus the floating window disappears

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On MAC have the ability to have floating windows permanently over a docked window even when the docked window has focus. This is the behavior on Windows and it is great. Having to float all windows, resize and move them about while making sure they don't overlap is very inefficient and time consuming. Also using the windows/arrange commands are less then optimal since you are wasting screen real estate.

I use this all the time on windows when I have a large design docked and floating over it I have smaller reference files or smart objects and I need to see both at the same time.

When I move to a Mac it really disrupts my workflow as the non focused floating windows disappear.
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Which product are you using?
Which version?
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Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 (fully up to date) on Mac OS El Capitan. Searched some threads and looks like there is not setting or solution that anyone is aware of.
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Your description of the problem doesn't make sense, offhand.

Are you referring to the Application Frame (optional on MacOS, required on Windows) ?
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See this thread, original poster provides screenshots - https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1471215

Let me try explain this more clearly, my apologies. In Photoshop open a file and have it docked (or in tab state, whatever the correct terminology is). Then open another file that you want always visible as a reference or maybe its a smart object file that you need to work on and float it over the docked file. Once you give the docked file focus, the floating file disappears. This does not happen on Windows OS. Yes I know you can float all windows or use Windows > Arrange, but each of these have issues of their own. I would like it to function the same way it does on windows as I need to do this very often and having the floating photoshop file disappear isn't optimal. I need to see both files at the same time.

The only solution people can give is to float all windows, while this works and is what I am having to do now, it means I am constantly having to move and resize windows and make sure they don't overlap. Again the windows solution is much more elegant. I don't think this is an OS based issue (correct me if I am wrong) so it seems like a bug or something left out of the Mac OS version of Photoshop.