Photoshop: Why do you need to hold down alt/option to undock panels now? (Lock Workspace enabled)

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I have just spent the better part of 20 minutes trying to figure out why my panels weren't undocking like they used to. I haven't found any useful help, most forums just have questions for how to redock floating windows, not the other way around. Even adobe customer service couldn't help me with this very simple problem. Only when i randomly decided to try holding buttons down when dragging did I finally figure it out. I don't recall ever having to hold down any buttons to undock panels, but regardless of whether it was always like that or not, I still haven't seen that specific instruction ANYWHERE on adobe forums or even unofficial forums. LONG STORY SHORT: PLEASE UPDATE YOUR ONLINE INSTRUCTION MANUAL TO REFLECT THIS CHANGE. THANK YOU
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jasminetatedesigns

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Posted 1 year ago

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Official Response
Sounds like you have Window > Workspace > Lock Workspace... enabled (Note: it is off by default)

Documented here under "Prevent accidental panel moves with Lock Workspace": https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/whats-new.html#user-experience-improvements
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Warren Heaton

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It would be great to see this turn into “Lock Workspace with password”.
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eartho, Champion

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why would you need to lock with password?
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Warren Heaton

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It would be helpful in lab environments.  Sure, you can reset PS by holding command + option + shirt at startup and there are options like Deep Freeze (which is amazing provided that the workstation is set up just right prior to Deep Freeze being enabled).  As a solution like Deep Freeze exists, I don't see adding a password to the lock ever making it high up a feature request list.  But if it was there, I'd put it to use.
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jasminetatedesigns

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Thank you very much for the reply, I found that this issues was caused by corrupted preferences.
if anyone else has this problem in the future here is how I was told to fix it:
-go to edit>preferences>general
-click the button that says 'reset preferences on quit'
-quit and relaunch photoshop and that should take care of it

a screenshot is below if needed