Photoshop: Is there a way to keep Tool Bar panel in front of other panels?

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in a perfect world the tool pallet would not be behind anything, in fact it would be on top of all, since its more important then anything else on the stage and needs to be available and viable 99% of the time for one to do anything.
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Chris Cox

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Where are you seeing the tool palette go behind other windows?
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Other palettes can go in front, but I can't get a document window to go in front of the tool palette.
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its like this both in CS4 and CS5
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The only way I can see that happening is if I have the Application Frame on, dock the tool palette in the frame, and undock a window. In that case - that is what is supposed to happen. The application frame is one window behind everything, and document windows go in front. If I undock the tool palette, it goes back to being in front.
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If the Tool bar is docked in the Application Frame then any floating panel will be in front of the tool bar.

You can either turn off the Application Frame (Window>Application Frame) or undock the Tool Bar from from the Application frame.

When the Tool Bar and other panels are floating and overlapping, whatever panel was last used becomes the front most panel/window.
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The thing is I'll have tools floating then I'll push it off to the side (it docks, accidentally) and it disappears and since I have a million things open I have to now move everything over.

I'd like to see tools docked and on top of the documents, I get that its under because its docked in the application and I have document palest floating, but why would I ever want my tools hidden?

I don't ever dock documents since it destroys work flow when copy pasting back and forth from many documents. (worst feature adobe ever made imo)

I work with application frame on at the times, and can't work without it.
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Try maximizing the document window and then snap the Tool Bar to the edge of screen (not docked in the application frame). That should keep the toolbar in front of documents and avoid the issue of having to move the tool bar over so it won't accidentally become docked with the Application Frame.