position each pop-up window on current display/screen

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When you have multiple displays and want to move your photoshop to the other display its very frustrating that EVERY window pop-up has its own position stored. This means that brightness/contrast, filters, save as, curves, etc etc etc has a position stored since last time you positioned it. So, if you want to move Photoshop to a second monitor you need to re-position every window that appear until you have done it to all of them. Once you decide to switch to the other monitor again the whole process starts over. 
Especially problematic if you have 2 screens with different resolutions, because some times the windows are gone, unless you mirror display and find them and then reposition them. There should be a command in Photoshop were you arrange ALL windows and every pop-up to the current display and default center screen position for convenience. This applies to both Windows and Mac version of Photoshop..it has bugged me for years. 
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Open Photoshop on your first display and position your panels and dialogs where you want them.

Go to Window/Workspace and choose New Workspace

Give it a name - e.g. Screen1

Optionally click the options for menus, toolbars, shortcuts

Save it.

Move Photoshop to your second display and arrange things how you like them there.

Go to Window/Workspace and choose New Workspace

Give it a name - e.g. Screen 2

Click options as above and Save it.

Now move Photoshop back to display 1 and set the document window so that is displaying correctly on display 1.

Go to Window/Workspace and choose Screen 1

Your panels and dialogs will move back to how you like them for that display.

Now move Photoshop back to Display 2

Go to Window/Workspace and choose Screen 2

Panels and dialogs will move to positions you like for display 2.

Works OK for me on Photoshop CC 2015.5.x on Mac Os X Yosemite.
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Oh wow I did not know this. Ok thats a great suggestion. Would be great though in the arrange menu to have a move all UI and pop-ups to monitor 1 or two, so that you could quickly arrange it on the right screen before you save the setup. But guess you cannot have it all. 

Now if the scale UI 100% / 200% would also be saved with this then it would have been amazing. 

Anyway, thanks for the tip! this will come in handy!
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Sadly, after a quick test I was wrong. It doesnt work, at least not on PC. I made a new workspace and moved a lot of the menus to the other screen and saved, then switched back to my other workspace for Monitor 1, nothing happened. So, on Windows this doesnt work - so Im stuck only using one dusplay or mirror, not getting any benefit from two displays in Photoshop. 

Seems to me with this and the UI scaling problems, THe Photoshop Team has a lot of tidying up to do. All the other Adobe programs works fine for 2 displays, except Photoshop. 
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Doesn't suprise me about PC. I have 2 screens different resolutions for each. I tile the right screen with tools sizing each to be able to have a reasonably seamless screen when finished. However, upgrade Photoshop and bang! The tiles are disarranged! The worst part is some of the tiles are fixed sizes, and among those, the proportions vary. So positioning tiles to be seamless is a frustrating task that even Roger Penrose would throw up his hands in disgust!

The last iteration of Photoshop was the least problematic but still....