This started recently-can't remember when, exactly-but now, when I start up Photoshop 24.0.0, the interface comes up, but unaccompanied by any of the tools, panels, or menus I rely on always. So every time, now, I am required to go through the "Window" section of the main menu, where, by the way, every one of my tool panels is already checked, and I have to check them twice (just like Santa Claus) to force each panel, or menu, or bar, e.g., Actions, Brushes, Character, Color, Info, etc. to show up on screen. Isn't the Workbench of tools supposed to show up along with the Interface? or has Adobe decided that that is wimpy and counter-productive? I tried trashing the prefs the last time I used Photoshop, two days ago, but it didn't make any difference.
What version of MacOS? I ask because I think I've seen this a few times recently since updating to Ventura; typing the Tab key brings it back, but it is odd and, for me, inconsistent. If you happen to be on Ventura, we may need to file this possibility it is this OSs.
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