Photoshop CC 2015.5: How am I supposed to drag and drop to documents hidden in the Tabs flyout?

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How do you drag and drop from a tab to another tab buried in the tab flyout?

Borrowed a screenshot from another post about it.


Maybe this explains the problem better,
link: graphicdesign.stackexchange

Question from the above link:

While using Photoshop I often need to drag layers from one document to another,
but when I have many documents opened this gets a little tricky.

The cause of this issue is the way that Photoshop hides the tabs when there are too many of them for the size of my window / screen.

To be more specific, the problem I'm experiencing because of that, is not being able to simply drag layers from one document to another as I normally would (By simply dragging them onto the other tab) when they are too distant from each other on the tab menu.

I tried to find a few alternative ways of doing so, and would love to know if you know how to perform any of them, or alternatively find another solution for this.

  1. Disable overflowing tabs, and having all of them displayed no matter how big my window is (While cutting the document titles a little bit of course).
  2. Switch between tabs as usual ( By pressing CTRL + Tab) while dragging layers.
  3. Somehow scroll the tab menu?

I guess another way would be to constantly re-order the tabs, or simply give up on them, but I'll keep these options last.

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grauenwölfe

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Seriously, this is infuriating. Does anyone know how to dewal with this or is it just not possible?
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Jaroslav Bereza

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I usually in this case drag tab and create new separed window. Then I show target document. Then I drag layer from window into target document and then I make again tab from window. It is silly but it works.

Or you can use duplicate dialog a and select target document.
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I would use Layer > Duplicate Layers... command to target the document you want to move selected layers.
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Ok, thanks to both of you. Still, in the end, it's not possible and that's not good.

Jeffrey, do you guys have any intention on getting the tabs in Photoshop sorted or are they considered finished and final? If there are plans then you don't have to say when when and I give you my word I won't ask a single follow-up about it. Can you just say "yes, there are plans to update tabs" or "no, there are no plans to update tabs"?
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Nothing in Photoshop is ever 'final' if 25+ years of history will tell you but we don't have any plans to completely overhaul tabs in Photoshop in the near future.
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As I doubt that Adobe will offer any solution soon, you might have a look at the Doco-panel for now. At least it really helps me in my screenshot, editing and composing workflows. This is, what the deprecated Mini-Bridge once wanted to be IMHO. Adobe should buy that and incorporate that panel for every user IMHO. http://creativedo.co/doco
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@Olaf Thank you! Others who are interested, just be sure to go through Help > Browse Addons if you're running 2015 or higher. The link does tell you about the product, but it's not for the later versions. I've just tried it out. Really a treat to use. One minute with it and I'm already spoiled. It took me about 2 seconds to decide to purchase it. The low price helped.<G>
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Hey Olaf,

I actually own Doco, purchased it about a year or so ago when Bridge was crashing all the time. I do like in that it's very well thought out and integrates like it's native to the application. Thanks for the suggestion and for reminding me of it.

I guess I was just expecting a little more from Adobe. Wishing they would address the issue and not just leave us to go get third party solutions to fix something broken with Photoshop's core implementation but I guess those days are gone.
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> I guess I was just expecting a little more from Adobe. Wishing they would address the issue and not just leave us to go get third party solutions>

I've a custom kbsc just for Tile All that has gotten around it, then right-click> Consolidate to Here to put everything back, but I like Doco much better, and that's after only a day of owning it. We've always had to use PS plugin architecture/extensibility for a lot of what we do. As long as there's a cheap alternative, I honestly want Adobe to start working on core issues that no plugin I have ever heard of handles—such as a decent system for managing our presets.  Yes, on that topic I'm going to continue to nag.