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How to stop new files opening in same window?

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Sep 06, 2022 Sep 06, 2022

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New to CC... whenever I open a new ID file it opens just in a new tab which is part of the existing window.
I dislike this, and keep having to separate them.

How can I just have the file open in a separate window, and not joined on to the already opened window/file?
Many thanks for any help.

 

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Community Expert , Sep 06, 2022 Sep 06, 2022

Turn it off in your preferences. It's under interface.

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Community Expert , Sep 06, 2022 Sep 06, 2022

Preferences > Interface > Panels > [disable] Open Documents as Tabs

 

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Sep 06, 2022 Sep 06, 2022

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Turn it off in your preferences. It's under interface.

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Mar 04, 2024 Mar 04, 2024

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hi... even though I have unchecked the box, the software still opens docs as tabs...

Any other ideas? 

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Community Expert ,
Mar 04, 2024 Mar 04, 2024

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Have you closed and restarted InDesign? Some settings with the UI only take effect on restart.


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Mar 05, 2024 Mar 05, 2024

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Unfortunately, no... 

What's more bizarre is this: I open a file and size it at 75%, then when I open another file, it connects as a tab to the first file, fills the monitor, and dips below, so I cannot see the bottom right corner to resize the window.

Often I need to have 2 files open like this and it drives me crazy that I can't change the preference.

Is there something under the WINDOW command that could help? Arrange... Workspace...

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Mar 14, 2024 Mar 14, 2024

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Unfortunately, no... 

What's more bizarre is this:


By @elle s

 

Try general troubleshooting steps:

 

https://www.rockymountaintraining.com/adobe-indesign-rebuilding-preferences-cache/

 

Will it help?

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I discovered that if I check APPLICATION FRAME under the WINDOW menu, it solved the problem.

I will keep your tip in mind! Thanks for the reply

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Sep 06, 2022 Sep 06, 2022

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Preferences > Interface > Panels > [disable] Open Documents as Tabs

 

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That's it! Thanks so much, really appreciate it.

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Sep 06, 2022 Sep 06, 2022

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Glad to hear that! Feel free to reach out if you have any other questions or issues.

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Sep 06, 2022 Sep 06, 2022

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Funny. Tabs was a long requested feature by many users, and one of my favorites.

Different strokes, as they say.

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Agree. Even with acres of screen space, I find it easier to manage a row of tabs than a stack/spread of windows. But I do occasionally break them out for side-by-side work.

 

(And over on the other side, the move by MS to make every Office document open a complete new instance of the user frame has driven me nuts for years now.)

 


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