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How a panel displays depends on where you click

Added on Tuesday 12th of October 2010 05:25 am EST


Adobe Photoshop CS4/CS5

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


This may sound like a petty thing to be bothered by, but I can’t stand the way Photoshop CS5’s panels display sometimes. When I click on the name to maximize the panel there is often a little tab that hangs off the side and it makes me nuts. Is there a setting to change this?


No issue is petty when it disrupts your productivity! There is in fact a secret to displaying the panels without the hanging tab as you called it. Let’s take a look.

Photoshop CS4 and CS5 both have collapsible panels. How the full panel displays depends on where you click. For example, the collapsed Brush panel (Brushes in CS4) is shown in Figure A. If you click on the graphic displayed on the panel, Photoshop displays the whole panel with the docking portion shown hanging to the left, as shown in Figure B. But if you click instead on the two small arrows in the top right corner of the panel, the entire panel maximizes, as shown in Figure C.