See More Of Your Photo In
Photoshop Elements

In this tutorial I'll show how to see more of your photo in Photoshop Elements. The big panels in Photoshop Elements sometimes cover up parts of your photo. Especially if you're on a laptop with a smaller screen.

These are some tips and tricks you can use to gain more of your monitor's real estate for your photo.

Look at the screenshot below of my Photoshop Elements window in its "default" mode.

The Tool Options panel is using up a good chunk of space at the bottom of the window so the photo can't go down that far.

The top of the photo starts quite a bit below the Menu Bar because PS Element's interface is using some of that area.

The Dialog Box has popped up right on top of the photo.

Now look at the screenshot of the same photo after I used some of the tips that are revealed in the video.

The Tool Options panel is gone and our photo can now use that space at the bottom.

The top of the photo is much closer to the Menu Bar at the top which lets you see more of your photo.

The Dialog Box is off to the right of the photo so it's no longer covering up any part of the photo.

Watch the video below to see exactly how you can see more of your photo.

Under the video I give a summary of how to use the tips from the video and give a bonus tip.

TIP ONE- Collapse The Tool Options.

Collapse the Tool Options panel by clicking on the little down arrow icon on the right side of the Tool Options.

TIP TWO- Stop The Tool Options Panel From Reappearing.

To stop the Tool Options from popping up every time you select a new tool, click on the little icon that looks like 4 horizontal lines with an arrow next to it.

From the pop-up list make sure that "Auto Show Tool Options" is not checked. If it is checked, click on it to uncheck it.

TIP THREE- Set To "Floating Documents".

Press Command-K on a Mac or Control-K on a PC to bring up the "General Preferences" dialog box.

Make sure there's  a check in the box next to "Allow Floating Documents In Expert Mode". If it's not checked, click on it to check it. In older versions of PS Elements it says "Allow Floating Documents In Full Edit Mode".

Click OK to close the box and accept the change.

Go up to the Window Menu and choose Images>Float In Window by clicking on it.

TIP FOUR- Move And Size Your Photos Window.

Now that your photo is in a "Floating Window" you can drag it by its title bar and move it wherever you want in PS Elements.

You can also resize the window by clicking-and-dragging on the lower-right corner of the window.

TIP FIVE- Move Dialog Boxes Out Of The Way.

If you make an adjustment to your photo that brings up a Dialog Box you can drag it by it's title bar to move it out of the way so that you can see more of your photo.


Even if you're in "Tab" mode like in the screenshot below, you can temporarily gain some extra space pretty quickly.

Just press the tab key on your keyboard and many extra panels will disappear, allowing you to see more of your photo, as seen in the screenshot below.

You can hide everything but keep the Toolbox visible if you hold the shift key as you press the tab key.

And that's it, we're done! Those are some tips you can use to see more of your photo in Photoshop Elements.

I hope you find some useful information from this tutorial. It's also a good reference if you ever want to see more than one photo at-a-time in PS Elements. Just use "Float All In Windows".

Until next time . . .

Take care!
Rick Peterson

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