Photoshop: Panel windows stacking order changes after hitting tab twice

  • 1
  • Problem
  • Updated 2 years ago
  • Not a Problem
  • (Edited)

I am having an issue when I press tab to turn my palettes on and off with the tab key. They are re-ordering themselves alphabetically instead of how I left them. For example the layers palette will be visible above other palettes, I will press tab then do some painting/working, then when i press tab to turn the palettes back on I find that it is buried underneath other palettes. Is there any reason that the palettes should not be exactly as I left them vs. re-ordering themselves alphabetically?

Photo of Bert Berry

Bert Berry

  • 6 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes

Posted 2 years ago

  • 1
Photo of Jeffrey Tranberry

Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

  • 16852 Posts
  • 2825 Reply Likes
Official Response
Hi Bert,

Checked with engineering.

This is as designed by Apple. Hidden windows do not have a z-order on macOS. The workaround is to not overlap floating panels (and/or keep them snapped together or the edge so they have the same z-order)