Photoshop: Why can't I see more than one image at a time? Can I turn off tabbed documents?

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When I open images, they appear in one window as tabs instead of separate window. How do I get back the separate windows?
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You can disable tabbed documents by going to Preferences > User Interface... and unchecking "Open Documents as Tabs" and "Enable Floating Document Window Docking."



Additional Information

Un-tab image windows | Photoshop CS5, CS4 - Knowledge Base Document
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When open documents are floated in windows, they fill up the taskbar of Windows 7. This is new with CS5 (or Win7, or both) and highly annoying. I've never been a fan of the tabs but having so many icons across my taskbar is worse, so I'm having to suffer with the lesser of two evils.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Floating document windows in Windows7.
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I understand how to go between tabs and floating windows, but rather than this being a matter of organizing windows on the screen in Photoshop, my concern was about Photoshop documents in the Windows 7 taskbar. Screenshot of the taskbar attached.

I get that this isn't a glitch, but it's a sucky feature.
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1. Click on Start button.
2. Type: customize taskbar in search field.
3. Taskbar Button: Choose “Always combine, hide labels”
4. Apply

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David: I don't want to combine program windows and hide labels, which is why I don't have it set that way. This is not a Windows issue. I want my taskbar to look like this:



And I want it without tabbed images in Photoshop. It's been like this for every version since the beginning. There's no reason to change it.
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Dear Adobe Gripes #15700, #15677, #13130 & #16054

"Lose tabbed interface, PLEASE!"

"I realise that tabs are the new black, but I don't use them. Now I have to
use a menu to resize an image, the canvas, duplicate an image etc."

"Who decided that loading new images all into one window in CS4 was a good
idea, when so much image work depends on seeing two or more images side by
side and being able to drag+drop between them?"

"It's nice that "float all in window" is still an option, but why won't you let me have it as a default option? And the tabs are working fairly badly."
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If you do like using tabbed documents and only turn them off so you can drag layers from one document to another, here's how you drag layers between tabbed documents.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop: How to Cascade image windows.
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When open the new Photoshop it stacks the files you are oping into one file. I can drag it over to the side to compare the files, but would rather it not stack them when opening .Can I change that so it will open them side by side inside of stacking them on one page?

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Files stacking when opening the new Photoshop..
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When I was using adobe photo shop 7.0, I was able to have several plates open at once, moving objects from one to the other. With this new program at 700.00, I can't figure out how to do that again to save my soul.......please help.

At one time I can create something, then open a new palet and move that object I just created to another palet. Then I can go back to that first palet to get something from that etc. I could do this with PS 7.0........CS5 is another beast."

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Palets, moving objects from palet to palet , with other palets open or drop down..
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I had Photoshop CS2, purchased a new desktop w WIN7.; upgraded to CS5. How can I get the photo to have the same frame as before so I can move photo and also have 2 photos on screen simultaneously. I often use background from one frame to clone into other? Can I get the frame on photos as I did in CS 2??
Now itthe image opens on a grey background only.

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to open a photo as a complete window as in CS 2.
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I found another solution 10 minutes after my inquiry. In the " Arrange documents" on top, I click the "Place documents in Window. That is it. I wonder how I can get this to be the default opening\?

Thanks fore the assistance.

Ted
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any solution on how not to see tabs on windows? i want floating documents without tabs like it was on cs3. i just upgraded to CC and I am so annoyed by the tabs on windows...
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Chris Cox

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Yes, as already described in the posts on this topic.
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Thank goodness for floating documents, without it Elements is a dodo.