Across most Mac apps, windows have a feature that enables the user to open the enclosing folder(s) (this is done by pressing ALT and left click on the folder name).

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However, Adobe CC apps have their own "tabbed" windows design, which doesn't seem to work the same way - and make it hard to easily navigate to the enclosing folder (for example when using the "Open Recent" menu very often).

This is the part I am fruitlessly trying to open enclosing folders from:

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How do I open the enclosing folder of a document in any Adobe CC app running on a Mac?

  • Works exactly the same as it always has here. Command-click the title at the top (which changes when you change tabs).
    – Scott
    Commented Dec 6, 2018 at 23:14
  • I am on CC 2017.1 on a MacBook Pro retina 15 inches and it worked neither with my Logitech not with my Dell mouse. I edit the question Commented Dec 6, 2018 at 23:16
  • the title not the tab.
    – Scott
    Commented Dec 6, 2018 at 23:20
  • I don't see one Commented Dec 6, 2018 at 23:21
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    Oh have that (ugly) Application frame active. You have to turn that off. (Window > Application Frame) That frame on a Mac is probably the WORST UI thing Adobe has done in 10 years. And it was only done to make Windows users feel more at "home". It serves no real purpose.
    – Scott
    Commented Dec 6, 2018 at 23:26

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By default, the Application Frame is on with new Adobe installs. The Application Frame was added to Macintosh versions so that Windows users would feel more comfortable on a Mac, but really it serves no real purpose on a Mac other than to limit your work to the frame. With multiple monitors it is considerably limiting and nothing more.

I personally detest the frame and immediately turn it off upon initial launch of an Adobe application.

So.. you have to disable the Application Frame by choosing Window > Application Frame to see the title of the documents. Which you can then Command-click to see the file tree.

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  • Thank you so much! This is definitely part of the Mac+Adobe designer's workflow - hope it doesn't get voted for deletion as there isn't a lot on this online that I could find... Commented Dec 6, 2018 at 23:39
  • It really is more of a question for SuperUser though :) Technically anything asking about how an applications functions and any mention of an OS means it's not really a design question. Design is OS agnostic. :)
    – Scott
    Commented Dec 6, 2018 at 23:59
  • I don't particularly disagree, although the existence of the tags "workflow" might imply workflow issues are welcome. That being said, neither one of these windows systems is decent - now every time I resize an image the frame fits to it and sticks to the left of my screen... oh well Commented Dec 7, 2018 at 0:21
  • Well, the latter has been Mac behavior since it's inception.
    – Scott
    Commented Dec 7, 2018 at 0:35

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