Photoshop 2019: When changing tabs, you see the current tab until you resize the entire image window

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Sometimes if I have multiple files open in tabs, when I select another tab from the one I am working on, I will continue to see the tab I just navigated from until I resize the entire window. This also applies to tab groups of other windows such as character, paragraph, properties, layers, etc. So for example, I will be in the Layer tab in a tab group, click on the Properties tab, and continue to see layers even though the Properties tab is selected. Then when I resize the window, I'll see the correct content in the tab. Sometimes, opening an additional file has also fixed the problem. 

This doesn't happen consistently enough to replicate on command, it only seems to happen once every few days, and on completely random files. Still, this is a huge disruption to my workflow.
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Jamie Trosen

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Are you on Windows? Sounds like a graphics driver issue. If you go to Preferences > Performance... and uncheck "Use Graphics Processor" and restart Photoshop does the problem go away?

If so, update your graphics driver and reenable the preference.
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Jamie Trosen

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I am on mac Sierra. Should I still try to uncheck the processor?
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Jesper Bache, Employee

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Hi Jamie, Which version of macOS are you using?
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Jamie Trosen

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I'm using Sierra 10.12.6
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Jesper Bache, Employee

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As I tried to state in an earlier comment. This is an issue related to macOS, and you will need to use macOS 10.13.4 or higher.
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Jamie Trosen

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Dang... I totally just got per my last email'd, didn't I.
Sorry, I read it too quickly and thought it was referring to PS version not Mac version! *facepalm* I'll get it updated, thanks!
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No problem - let me know if you see problems after you update.
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Jamie Trosen

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Here's a video of the issue happening.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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That is super strange. I've never seen that behavior. I'll probably have to consult with the engineers who do the windowing framework.
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Nikolay Nikolay

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Geoffrey, hi! A year has passed, many people still have a problem, there are several similar topics and all are unanswered. What did the engineers say? Is any work being done to solve the problem?
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Jamie Trosen

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Yeah mine was fixed for a long time, and recently had the issue pop up again. Sounds like a lot of others are in the same boat!
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Nikolay Nikolay

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mac os catalina 10.15.3, illustrator 24.0.3, photoshop 21.0.3
the problem remains (((
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Same here. Same OS. Inorder to make the tab show the actual content of the tab, I have to resize the entire PS window. Just drag it a fraction bigger and the tab will display.