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Screen Mode / Full Screen Mode With Menu Bar (Odd Behavior)

Engaged ,
Feb 17, 2017

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The easiest way for me to explain this is through screen shots.

I can't find a pattern to when this issue appears, but I am beginning to lean toward something to do with low RAM.

I mostly work in Full Screen Mode With Menu Bar, and sometimes the panels (AND MENU BAR) disappears. This is not a matter of hitting the TAB key in order to bring back the panels. The menu bar itself has disappeared (you will notice the empty space in the screen shot).

This is Standard Mode.

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This is Full Screen Mode with Menu Bar (as it should be).

full-screen-with-menu-bar-and-panels.jpg

This is the problem (when Full Screen Mode with Menu Bar disappears). I have tried to reset the workspace and even tried to change workspaces, but this issue sticks around until I restart Photoshop. Full Screen Mode itself works just fine.

full-screen-menu-bar-panels-disappear.jpg

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Screen Mode / Full Screen Mode With Menu Bar (Odd Behavior)

Engaged ,
Feb 17, 2017

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The easiest way for me to explain this is through screen shots.

I can't find a pattern to when this issue appears, but I am beginning to lean toward something to do with low RAM.

I mostly work in Full Screen Mode With Menu Bar, and sometimes the panels (AND MENU BAR) disappears. This is not a matter of hitting the TAB key in order to bring back the panels. The menu bar itself has disappeared (you will notice the empty space in the screen shot).

This is Standard Mode.

standard.jpg

This is Full Screen Mode with Menu Bar (as it should be).

full-screen-with-menu-bar-and-panels.jpg

This is the problem (when Full Screen Mode with Menu Bar disappears). I have tried to reset the workspace and even tried to change workspaces, but this issue sticks around until I restart Photoshop. Full Screen Mode itself works just fine.

full-screen-menu-bar-panels-disappear.jpg

Any ideas?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 17, 2017

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What operating system and version of photoshop are you using?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 17, 2017

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Resetting the photoshop cs4 preferences might resolve the issue.

Press and hold the Shift+Ctrl+Alt keys just after starting the launch of photoshop cs4

(you have to be quick about pressing the keys or you want get the below dialog)

Keep holding the keys down until you get a dialog asking if you want to Delete the adobe photoshop settings file

Press Yes

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Engaged ,
Feb 17, 2017

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I'm probably going to answer my own question, but this particular computer is WinXP (ducks from all the laughter), and CS4. I have been waiting over 5 years to upgrade everything, but there are life-reasons why it's been over 5 years, trust.

I have reset preferences a few times throughout the years, but the problem comes back. Again, I cannot narrow this down to any particular event, so maybe it's a matter of an old OS and possibly low RAM. WinXP has that 4GB cap, and it seems when my system passes 3GB of RAM, all sorts of things begin to happen, but this issue has even happened with nothing else opened.

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Jan 29, 2018

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I get this same issue, and it doesn't return until I restart photoshop.

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I have the same problem. I'm on a beefy Windows 10 computer running Photoshop CC 2019 and having this same issue. Can't seem to find any other references online, either. It's confounding! 

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