Open Two Photos in the Work Space

by Anthony

Q: Could you please explain how to open two or more photos in the work space.

I am new to elements 9.

A: Yes, Anthony there are a couple things to do.

First go to your Preferences for Photoshop Elements 9. In Windows go up to the Edit menu and choose Preferences. On a Mac go up to the Photoshop Elements menu and choose Preferences.

From Preferences choose General…. Look for where it says Allow Floating Documents in Full Edit Mode and check the box in front of it if it's not already checked. Click OK.

Now go up to the Window menu and choose Images>Float All in Windows.

That should show all your open photos as separate windows.

Good luck,

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That worked!!!!!!!!!!
by: Anthony

Thank you,

Open two images at the same time
by: Peter

As this isn't available in some earlier editions it might be helpful to add that, in version 7 for instance, you go to Window>Images>Cascade (or tile).

Window>Images>all options are still greyed out
by: Penn

In Photoshop Elements 9 I tried all of the above..Preferences>General>"Allow Floating Documents">OK. Then went to Window>Images> all the options are still greyed out. Any suggestions?

MacBook Pro 17" OS 10.6.6


Hi Penn - You do need to have at least one image open in Elements for those options to be active. Could that be the problem? Let us know if that does it for you. Good luck. - Rick

Reply to Penn
by: SPM Online Marketing Solutions

I ran into the same problem you did. Changed preferences and my options were still greyed out. I shut down PSE and reopened my PSDs and that solved the problem

How to open two photos
by: Autumn

Thanks that was just what I needed!

Glad it was helpful Autumn! Thanks for visiting my site.
Take care,

floating windows
by: Anonymous

Hoo-ray. This worked. Going from 6 to 9, and different handling of windows is not what you'd call intuitive. After much frustration, your website was right on with the terminology for the new method. Thanks.

Yes, tabbed windows are super-frustrating if you don't know how to deal with them. I'm really glad you found help from my website! Thank you for visiting.
Take care,

Exactly what I was looking for
by: Sherrie

Thank you so much for the help! I am glad I found your website and your videos on YouTube. I look forward to using your site. Thanks Again!

You're welcome Sherrie! I'm glad you find my info helpful.

Mac vs. PC for Photoshop
by: Kianna

This is so frustrating. I've been using Photoshop for years on my PC, but I find it so frustrating using PSE on my MAC. Trying to keep an open mind, but contrary to its reputation, it appears that the Mac is NOT the system to use for graphics (home use). How can I be so adept using this on my PC but still unable to merge photos, have two photos open on Mac's PSE, etc.? I've tried all of these suggestions, but the options are still grayed out.

solved my problem
by: TechnoBob

I always tell people, if you have a question, it's likely that someone else has already asked it -- and possibly someone has already answered.
After I'd pulled down every menu and tried the often-useless "Help" window, I did a search and found your answer, which solved my problem immediately.

No luck
by: Anonymous

I have changed the settings as above, But my problem is i want to open two of the SAME image. So when i open the file for a second time, the RAW editing window does not open and nothing happens.

Elements 2.0
by: Kim

Does anyone know if ELemnets 2.0 has this capability? "Allow floating..." is not an option from the preferences menu. Thanks!

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