Photoshop: Switching Tabs in Wrong Order || Shortcut - Roundabout

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Adobe Photoshop CS5 switches through tabs in the wrong order. If a tab is to the left, meaning 'BEFORE' the current one, ctrl+shift+tab should switch to that one. If a tab is to the right, meaning 'AFTER' the current tab, ctrl+tab should switch to that one. Apparently Adobe is becoming like Microsoft, over-encumbered by its own weight, cumbersome, and clumsy. Think Google or Apple - light on your toes, dance.
Shortcut keys = a method of initiating a shortcut. Not a method of initiating a roundabout path of having your windows, tabs, applications rearranged at the whim of a program because of poor marketing. n00bs.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Hi sudoDeez,

I'm not able to reproduce the issue you describe. ctrl + tab cycles left to right through tabs and ctrl + shift + tab cycles right to left through tabs:



Also, take a moment now to review the Community Guidelines and Company & Customer Pact as well as our "Getting Started & FAQ."
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I see the old "Avoid the Issue" solution, but I will pass. Take a moment to review your programs and the "Getting Started & FAQ" for making better applications. Sorry I don't have a link - it doesn't exist. How to reproduce this issue for n00bs:

1. Open a new document*
2. Open another new document*
3. Open another (a third) new document*
4. Press ctrl+tab a few times and ctrl+shift+tab a few times to navigate between open tabs. This is the proper tab order
5. Drag "Untitled-3" one tab left of its current position (at the far right) of your tab group
6. Press ctrl+tab. It switches to "Untitled-1" despite now being to the left (left == before. Are you having trouble because you're reading this from right to left?) of "Untitled-2"
7. Fix the problem.

Solution 1: Don't allow tabs or windows if you don't know how to implement them.
Solution 2: Update your tab indexes as the tabs are rearranged by the user for proper tabbing.

This problem came to my attention because of another failure of Photoshop: if many documents are open in tabs, it should be possible to access all of them. Often I wish to drag an element from one document to another via the Move Tool. If tabs are inaccessible at the top of the screen because of lack of real-estate, it becomes impossible to drop one element into another without rearranging your tabs. This is because of certain tabbing methodology where if you go to the next tab, the tab view is switched too far to either direction so one or the other document becomes inaccessible, which inspires the user to rearrange their tabs in order to share elements from one to the other. Fix this too. And don't suggest that I open new windows with respective tab groups - windows don't function correctly. Just because I OPENED a window recently doesn't mean I want it to have focus every time I switch back to Photoshop. How about you update that too - keep my most recent window in focus.

*No need to name docs. Name assumed to be "Untitled-[n]".

Gratitude reserved until this is fixed,
Durmon
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Thanks for providing better steps to repro. We'll take a look. Please stop with the insults. It doesn't add to the spirit of communication and the purpose of this site. Thanks.
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Scott Mestel

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"We'll take a look"
Or not as the case may be.
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This is interesting. The tab order is honored when I first open the files. It's also honored if I tile the files, then use Consolidate all to here with a file that changes the original tab order. So when Adobe creates the order, either on open or with Consolidate All, it knows what the proper tab order is. But if I drag a tab manually to a different location (don't know why I would with my workflow, but I'm sure people find reasons to), then Adobe doesn't know about it. It remembers the former tab order, so adopts it. Hence Ctrl-Tab can move to the left, while Ctrl-Shift-Tab might move to the right.

Obviously, under these circumstances, Adobe is keeping us flexible and able to swap kbsc at a moment's notice.<G>
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I can confirm this bug. It appears that Photoshop has two indices associated with each tab. One index is the order in which the tab appears in the GUI. The other index is the order the tab appears as you cycle through via Cntrl-Tab. This makes it difficult both to navigate properly, as well as to quickly set up before-after comparisons between different PSDs.
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Would love to see this fixed. It's still present in CC 2014.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop CC 2014: Problem cycling through open files.

Hi, when I have multiple tabs open in Photoshop CC 2014, if I re-order them (by say, sliding the last tab to somewhere around the middle of 10 open files), I can't follow sequence if I use Command + ~ to cycle through them on my iMac. Photoshop still cycles through the images, but follows the original order instead. (So image 10 would still appear last rather than somewhere in the middle between 5 and 6.)
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Signing up for the forums just to express frustration about this as well.

I have the exact issue as described as Ull Troyo and Sudodeez.

I open files, and tabbing works as expected. But if I drag the tabs around, Cmd+Tab and Cmd+Shift+Tab don't go left-to-right and back, but rather, bounce around the tabs based on the original order in which I opened the files. Super annoying "feature".
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Fix this issue guys, it's a major inconvenience.

It works just as it should if you open documents 1, 2, & 3 and work on only 1, 2, & 3 without closing any of them or without opening any other documents. Soon as one is closed or another is introduced, the tab placement doesnt matter. It goes by the order the document was opened.

And can I just add some feedback?

This is without a doubt the worst age Photoshop has ever been in, all starting with the introduction of your CC implementation. It is so over ridden with novice, amateur features - bodering on crap you get with PowerPoint that people who don't know any better think is amazing - and the usless, mandatory, permanently on, sharing silliness.

Photoshop used to be the flagship of this company, and you know what Adobe, not everything Apple is doing today is worth following. Making inferior desktop software is really not as cool as they make it seem.
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Salman Abbas

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This is so annoying.. I am just surprised at the number of votes o.O. I guess very few people use this key shortcut!
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Jarien Sky

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PLEASE FIX THIS. Years old bug still persists. Extremely annoying and wastes my time.
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grauenwölfe

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4 years and counting!
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bunneh

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5 years now. good lord.
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_sas_

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I'm astounded that this simple to reproduce bug still hasn't been squashed after six years.