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michael_ps
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Photoshop on dual monitors - help!

Hey, hoping someone can help me. 

I'm using Adobe Photoshop CC on a macbook which is hooked up to a second monitor (an Apple Thunderbolt display).

Given the external display is much larger, I am obviously running photoshop on it, leaving the original macbook monitor for email etc.

In the pic, you'll see the macbook is display "1" and the external monitor is display "2".

 

The problem I am having is that whenever a dialogue box pops up in PS, it appears on display 1 - the macbook, rather than display 2, where I'm looking, given that is where photoshop is. What's worse is that if I'm running say Chrome on the macbook monitor (email etc), the PS dialogue box will pop up, but stay hidden BEHIND chrome, so I don't even see it!

 

IMG_2107.png

 

Is there some setting which can force Photoshop to keep all dialogue boxes on display 2? I've used dual monitors with PS before (on another computer) and don't recal ever having this happen.

 

 

 

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PyrusMalus
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Re: Photoshop on dual monitors - help!

Hi michael_ps, the way multiple displays works has changed recently in Mac OS X  10 . 10  and above and is now called 'Mission Control' (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204100).

 

The simplest way to have Adobe Photoshop's main window and pallets all arrive on the same display (while still using your Macbook Pro's internal display for browsing / email / other tasks) is to set the external display to be the 'main' display.

 

To do this, go to...

     Apple (menu) → System Preferences → Displays → Arrangement (tab)

 

...then click and drag the small white menu-bar icon from the laptop display, to the external (Thunderbolt 27") display as shown in the attached image.

 

My quick testing shows that Photoshop uses the 'main' display and its palletes and dialog boxes all arrive on that display.

 

Screen Shot 2016-02-16 at 1.24.34 pm (2).png

 

As Photoshop is a very complex application there are probly features or nuances I'm missing here, I'd recommend further reading. e.g.

 

http://computers.tutsplus.com/tutorials/quick-tip-mastering-mission-control--mac-491

http://www.macworld.com/article/1161892/more_ways_to_master_mission_control.html

http://osxdaily.com/2012/06/21/9-tips-to-get-the-most-out-of-mission-control-in-mac-os-x/

https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/multi_monitor_panel_behavior_in_os_x_maverick...

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PyrusMalus
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Re: Photoshop on dual monitors - help!

Hi michael_ps, the way multiple displays works has changed recently in Mac OS X  10 . 10  and above and is now called 'Mission Control' (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204100).

 

The simplest way to have Adobe Photoshop's main window and pallets all arrive on the same display (while still using your Macbook Pro's internal display for browsing / email / other tasks) is to set the external display to be the 'main' display.

 

To do this, go to...

     Apple (menu) → System Preferences → Displays → Arrangement (tab)

 

...then click and drag the small white menu-bar icon from the laptop display, to the external (Thunderbolt 27") display as shown in the attached image.

 

My quick testing shows that Photoshop uses the 'main' display and its palletes and dialog boxes all arrive on that display.

 

Screen Shot 2016-02-16 at 1.24.34 pm (2).png

 

As Photoshop is a very complex application there are probly features or nuances I'm missing here, I'd recommend further reading. e.g.

 

http://computers.tutsplus.com/tutorials/quick-tip-mastering-mission-control--mac-491

http://www.macworld.com/article/1161892/more_ways_to_master_mission_control.html

http://osxdaily.com/2012/06/21/9-tips-to-get-the-most-out-of-mission-control-in-mac-os-x/

https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/multi_monitor_panel_behavior_in_os_x_maverick...

michael_ps
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Re: Photoshop on dual monitors - help!

Fantastic! This seems to have done the trick. Thanks. Smiley Happy