I'm starting to use Photoshop CS 6, coming from CS 3. The older version has an option to use multiple windows (one per document) with floating palettes. Is this arrangement available in Photoshop CS 6?

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Go to the Window menu and un-check the Application Frame menu item. The palettes will pop to the edges of your screen and the documents will turn into floating windows.


You can right click on the file tab and select Move to New Window individually. Or in Preferences > Interface, deselect Open Documents as Tabs to stop the tab behavior.

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    This doesn't get rid of the grey background that hides everything else. Is there some way to have a document window with floating palette windows on the screen edges like in Illustrator CS 6?
    – Cajunluke
    Commented May 18, 2012 at 2:38

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