Why aren't document windows floating in Photoshop Elements 9.0.3?

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After updating Photoshop Elements to 9.0.3, why do my document windows open as tabbed instead of floating?
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Peggy Middleton

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Thanks so much for the help. Everything seems to be working as it should now and I have floating images. Yeah!!!! Absolutely will not do the 9.0.3 update.

Thanks again
Peg
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Nielen Schaefer

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Hi Folks

Reading some of the above comments, it is clear that confusion still exists regarding Tabbing; there are in fact two components:

The one relates to the update patch 9.0.3 that causes photographs to load into the Elements 9 Editor in a pre-tabbed form. This is relatively easily corrected by re-installing Elements 9 and avoiding the patch.

The other relates to a situation where photographs, already opened on the Editor screen, can easily Tab and stick to the edge of the screen, or even Tab and stick to one another – from where they then have to be purposely ripped loose, back to a floating form. This is default behavior in Elements 9 and cannot be corrected!
And I am horrified to find that this behavior still continues with Elements 10.

I am not the only person who is annoyed by this default situation. Many individuals, in various Internet forums, including the Photoshop Family web-site, make statements along the lines of: I hate Tabs. I loathe Tabs. Tabs are extremely frustrating. Tabs get in the way of real work. I find it infuriating. I want documents to float, always, but there is no choice.
I could go on and on . . . .

No one is asking that this default behavior be removed - maybe there are individuals who actually use it. All that is being asked is that An Option Be Provided To Cancel This Behavior - for those of us who dislike it, but are currently being affected by it.

How is it possible that Adobe has not noticed, acknowledged, and responded, to these many complaints? And then done something about this unwanted behavior!

Adobe, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, provide An Option (under "Preferences") that will cancel the default behavior. Please, is that too much too ask?!

(I am going to open a new comment on Photoshop Family, under a new title of "Tabbing – I Loathe it".
My aim is to draw attention to default Tabbing – and to separate it once and for all from the 9.0.3 issue. Individuals who feels as strongly as I do are encouraged to add their venom there. Maybe Adobe will then hear our pleading call).
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Thanks for clarifying that and breaking it out into a separate request. I've asked the team to look at it.
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Nielen Schaefer

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Hi Folks

Auto-Tabbing, shown by Elements 9, is an abomination!
Photographs, already loaded on the Editor screen, can so easily Tab and stick to the top-edge, or even Tab and stick to one another – from where they then have to be purposely ripped loose to a floating form.
This behavior is a default setting in Elements 9, and it cannot be cancelled!
It seriously and negatively interferes with the editing process – particularly when several photographs need to be present on-screen. (eg. moving sections of one pic to another, adding in skies, comparing color casts or exposure values, joining two images side-by-side, creating montages, and many other procedures).
And I am appalled to find that this default behavior still continues with Elements 10.

(Note, that I am not talking about the disastrous update patch 9.0.3; that is a separate issue and has nothing to do with default auto-tabbing).

I am not the only person who is annoyed by Auto-Tabbing. Many individuals, in various Internet forums, including the Photoshop Family web-site, make statements along the lines of: I hate Tabs. I loathe Tabs. Tabs are extremely frustrating. Tabs get in the way of real work. I find it infuriating. I want documents to float, always, but there is no choice.
I could go on and on . . . .

No one is asking that this default behavior be removed (there may be individuals who actually use it – although I cannot, for the life of me, imagine to what purpose).
All that is being asked is that An Option Be Provided To Cancel This Behavior (for those of us who dislike it, and are currently being negatively affected by it).

How is it possible that Adobe has not noticed, acknowledged, and responded, to this issue? And then done something about it!

Adobe, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, provide An Option (under "Preferences") that will cancel this default behavior. PLEASE, is that too much too ask?!
Surely a patch can be sent to Elements 9 users, and certainly to Elements 10 users, that will immediately correct this shortcoming.

I am on my knees begging!

Nielen

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop Elements: Preference to disable "Enable Floating Document Window Docking" like Photoshop CS5.
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If your working with floating windows you can keep them from tabbing by holding down the Ctrl key while moving the documents around.

Still it would be nice to turn the tabbing off.
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dave tackett

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I cannot work with tabs only, so I had to uninstall and reinstall e9. What a pain.
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Jim Chaffin

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This behavior was corrected in version 10. That's why the last few comments are so old.