PSE 2018 Organizer Windows Size Preferences Bug

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The Photoshop Elements 2018 Organizer is unable to retain its windows size across invocations. It always starts up maximized which is really annoying on a 34" monitor. 

The Organizer has long had problems saving its window size (you often had to force preferences to save explicitly) but now it seems unable to remember its window size. 

Please fix ASAP, it's really annoying.

Is there some temporary fix e.g., is there somewhere in the registry where I can store the windows size such that the Organizer will take notice?

Thanks
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David Pattarini

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Michel BRETECHER, Champion

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David,
Seriously, what is the time for the Organizer to open completely after its initial scan? More than one minute? And resizing and moving the already in 'Window' mode organizer? One second? Do you think that more than one percent of users wish to open the organizer in a reduced window (on their small laptops...)?

Anyway, it's an interesting question for the reasons you have alluded to. PSE15 needed to be opened in slightly reduced windows (not maximimized) to work around a serious interface problem - or you would have NOT to use the taskbar auto-hide feature.

I have just checked what happens now with 2018. By default, called by the welcome screen it does not open in maximized mode, but in the biggest window mode.
Second try.
I resize and move the window. Close the organizer. I do start the organizer from a desktop shortcut... and the size is retained.
Third try.
I use the welcome screen to start the organizer: the reduces size and position is available!

If you want to experiment like me, that will probably tell the developers where there is a problem to get the size sticky. In the meantime, I guess that the desktop shortcut would work for you.
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This is what happens:
  • If I open Organizer from the Welcome screen (with the preference set to always start the Organizer) it opens filling the screen

  • If I start the Organizer from a direct shortcut it usually (but not always) will now remember its previous window size. That's certainly good enough for me.
Thanks!
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Business has been busy around here today and I haven't yet tried 2018.  I can't wait to get into it.   At Microsoft we had bugs but we had the Windows beta as we reported most bugs and they were resolved before it went to market.   Yet, some remained.  Reporting bugs helps!   Michel, thanks for the heads up.   

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What's good for you is good for me.  We usually open our Organizer after we open the editor.  Makes sense to store stuff after the work.   We gave up on the Organizer because we have our own company system for storage.   It's bigger and includes lots of PC's and external drives and a little complex to explain.   We use Windows a lot to organize our stuff but then we have lots of people accessing the same stuff on our network.   Even for email, we receive mail in our own domain in Outlook and the same email is received as a repeat in our AOL account as well.  This way we'll always get our mail.   Just different systems we organized.   We call it "the organizer" LOL.  Just because it's there, doesn't mean we need to use it, then again, we use Adobe's Organizer among our entire team but in a slightly different way.  We use both I guess.   You will find there are lots of technical work-around's.   That brings out the engineer in me to devise ways to work technical things to make them easier to cope with.   That's what this forum is all about.   

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Steve,
It's interesting to see how our ways to 'organize' are different. I understand your use of a 'sharing' and organizing method optimized for group work. By the way, even with Lightroom, a lot of group users would like real 'network' collective editing tools... You'll admit that the scope of Elements is the needs of individual users; it's natural that you start with the organizer before editing, searching or sharing; my guess is that most Organizer user do start in full screen organizer for an editing, downloading or displaying session. Even if that's the case, some individual users have different needs. Some use the editor as a Lightroom external editor, some use dual displays... My choice is to have the organizer open in windows mode with large size (the 2018 version is good for me) and I have enabled the options to enable floating windows in expert mode for the editor.

David,
glad the workaround is useful for you!
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Some guys like to work from an older PSE Organizer while working with a newer PSE Editor.   That's why we have complaints that the older version isn't working.  They get used to using both programs.  I use both here too, or sometimes three.  I run my first customer edits in one while I am alternating to a 2nd customer's edits.  I am known for multi-tasking.  I keep them organized.  

Then I have 2 other guys working with me, one of which does the same as I do.  Then my intern is beginning to get used to that.  My next person is in training and she is using one program as I limit her to learn first before doubling up.   But I am used to running 3 edits, 2 emails, Word and then our website shared with another website builder as well.  

I get at least one website customer per week who wants their own website to be continued with their original web-builder software.  I am against that.  That's like tinkering with something a customer broke and we can't know all 36 web-building software programs.   Your plumber might tell you they hate working on something the customer tried before he got there.  I say the same thing when I work on a PC, and before I get there I need to fix what they messed up, and that's before I rebuild their PC.   That's the only part about multi-tasking I can't handle.   But like I said, in almost all these tasks, I find my technical work-around's.   

Like you say, there should be a network sharing Photoshop for all project managers to jump in, even if its for comments in a meeting.  Some of our work is for advertising.  In the 80's when I was in an advertising firm, I was a copywriter and graphics artist.  Almost all of it had to be shared.  In newspaper work they call the ad-copies "tear-sheets".   They use those for customer approvals.  Nowadays we use email or network-share.   Dropbox fills that void as much as I hate using it.   

SL