Photoshop: Can't stretch palettes to full screen height in MacOS

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Currently, there seems to be a maximum height allowance on panels. Meaning that I can't get my Layers palette to run 100% of the height of my 1440 tall display.

I'd like to not have that restriction so I can use that whole height. It's not like that space below the panels is really usable in its current form. I guess I could just have more panels open to take up the space but that adds clutter and negatively impacts the effectiveness that a taller Layers palette could provide.

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I'm showing Paths in the example image to hide the NDA stuff in the Layer names but you get the idea...
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Hmm, can you try it on that system without the external displays?
And are those Retina externals, or normal resolution?

So far I can't reproduce this on any of my systems, but I'm wondering if somehow we're getting bad information from the OS about the external displays. It might help if you could post the Help -> System Info section on the display sizes.
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It's probably worth mentioning I was experiencing this on an external from a retina MBP, too. A Thunderbolt Cinema Display
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Chase Giunta

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On the MBPr, I was using Thunderboldt to iMac (Target Display Mode) and a Mini-DisplayPort to 30" Cinema Display. Also my "primary" screen (where my dock was placed, and primarily where I was using PS) was on the iMac display.
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And which MacOS version are you using?
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I'm using 10.9.1 and am currently experiencing the issue

I'm also not able to stretch the Layers pallet past that height with something like Layer Comps below it — with the one below it expanded or collapsed
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Just want to say I have the same issue, my layers palette won't go any higher than about 930 pixels. This is annoying as I've been used to using the whole height of my screen for layers, since I work with hundreds of layers when designing web pages.

I'm using an external 27" monitor at 2560x1440 and the MacBook is at max retina resolution (aka "more space"). My palettes are on the 27", but it doesn't help to move them to the MacBook screen, same max height.

Photoshop CC 14.2.1 64bit
Mac OS 10.9.2
15" MacBook Retina
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FIXED - I think! The problem seems to be present only when I have the "application frame" active. But you can try this workaround:

1) go to the "Window" menu
2) 3rd from the very bottom, disable "application frame"
3) resize your Layers palette as needed
4) re-engage the "application frame" ... TA-DAAAAH!! :)
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Brent Blaskievich

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This problem also applies to Windows versions of photoshop, but application frame is only an option in Mac version.
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Daniel Golden

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Same problem.

MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012)
OS: OSX 10.10 Yosemite
Processor: 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7
Memory: 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
Photohsop Version: 2014.2.0 Release
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If you quit and restart Photoshop will they stretch correctly?
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Still present in Windows 8 x64, latest photoshop.

Can see by making layers palette the only one in its column. It does not need to be attached to the frame. Same max-height is there.

No on restarting.
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12 months later and Photoshop CC (2015) issue still persistent! Hallooo? Anybody there?