View Multiple Documents in Photoshop Elements 10 - dummies

View Multiple Documents in Photoshop Elements 10

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

To work on any image in one of the editors, you need to become familiar with moving around the Elements interface and bringing photos in view in the main image window.

While in Full Edit mode, you’ll notice that when several images are open, their filenames are listed at the top of the image window.


The list appears similar to tabs you find in web browsers. Notice that adjacent to each filename you see an X. Click the X, and the file closes. Click any filename, and the file opens in the image window.

Additional viewing options are available from menu commands found on the Window menu. Choose Window→Images to open a submenu of viewing options that you can use for viewing multiple files. The Window menu also provides a list of all your open documents. Here’s a list of options you find on the submenu:

  • Tile: Tiling images reduces image window sizes to accommodate viewing all images in scrollable windows within the Elements workspace. Choose Window→Images→Tile when multiple images are open to get the following view.


  • Cascade: Choose Window→Images→Cascade to make the image windows overlap each other in a cascading view.

  • Float in Window: When photos are opened in the image window, they appear attached to the center area of your monitor. Choose this option to detach the photo from the image window, where you can click and drag the title bar around the image window area.

  • Float All in Windows: When you have multiple photos open, use this option to detach all photos from the image window. After selecting this option, all the photos lose the tab view.

  • Consolidate All to Tabs: If you choose Float All in Windows and want to return to the tab view, choose this option.

  • New Window: When you choose this option, you open a duplicate window for the photo in the foreground in the image window. You might use this option to create two views of the same image, where one view is zoomed in to edit some detail work and the other view shows the image in a reduced size for an overall look at the editing results.

  • Match Zoom: Set the zoom level for one of several images that are open in Elements and choose Window→Images→Match Zoom. All open documents are zoomed to the same level as the foreground image.

  • Match Location: If you zoom in to, for example, the upper-right corner and then select Match Location, all open images zoom to the same location in the respective photos.

On the Macintosh you also have Minimize and Bring All to Front following the New Window command.

You can also select and bring forward photos in the image window by double-clicking image thumbnails in the Project Bin.