Photoshop CS6: Switching away from PS and switching back, deactivates the working document.

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In OSX (10.6.8) and Photoshop CS6, when working with multiple files open, when one Alt+Tab, or Expose to other applications and then returns to PS, PS does not make the last file that one was working on as the active file. Instead it may make one of the other files that is open, that may be hidden under all the other open windows, as the active document. This happens when "Open documents in Tabs" is unchecked in the preferences.

Meaning if I were to Alt+Tab back to PS, then run an action, the action might be activated on one of the other files not at the top of the workspace. Thus making the user wonder if any change was made to the last document (the document at the top of all the windows). An annoying kink to have to always check which active document one is working on, if one switches to open Applications a lot.
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Darryl Chan

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Posted 8 years ago

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David, Official Rep

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Howdy Darryl,

Do you have any more info on this issue? We've been trying to track this down internally, but other than wayward dialogs, we haven't been able to reproduce this. I think there might have been a similar issue during the Beta, however, and perhaps this is lingering behavior?

First, are you running the Beta or the GM of Photoshop CS6? What other apps (especially keyboard monitoring apps) do you have open? Can you get this issue reliably? What parts of PS are you using before it happens?

Any info you can share would be helpful!
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Chris Cox

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Are you running any Flash Panels or third party plugins?

Do you have any utilities installed on your system that modify application behavior (like haxies that modify menu or dialog appearance)?
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Darryl Chan

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Hi guys,
I'll try to replicate this again with a screen recordiing.