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This is possibly Adobe's most annoying idea yet.

(Photoshop version 24.5.0)

I don't know what to call it, but just look at this thing constantly encroaching on my space:

Essentially, these two large buttons that perform functions specific only to the recently introduced generative AI features... will follow you around no matter what part of your document you're working on.

Because you know... all graphic designers do all day is isolate subjects from backgrounds. And we've never heard of keyboard shortcuts, so all of us need this omnipresent toddler bar to remind us that we should be using the hot new AI features, on every image.

(The new AI features are honestly great. Nothing kills my enthusiasm for them more than this panel.)

So please, what is this UI element called? And more importantly, how to I dock it or kill it?


Update: I've found out it's called the Contextual Task Bar, and that the ellipsis button ... can hide it. But now, having hidden it, I don't know where to find the buttons when I actually need them:

  • Select Subject
  • Remove Background

etc.

I also can't seem to reveal the bar again, because View → Show does not presently include "Contextual Task Bar" in the list of items that can be shown.

But even if I could bring it back and have it in my way again, I would rather be able to call upon the functionality of its buttons from some other (non-floating) area of the UI, or via keyboard shortcuts.

Please help me restore my sanity. :-)

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    You can't. It's not possible to dock the bar. You can pin it though. If you hide it, you can get it back under Window > Contextual Task Bar
    – Billy Kerr
    Jun 28, 2023 at 7:40
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    Adobes problem is that they need to sell you new features all the time. At least this isn't as useless as some of the other ideas
    – joojaa
    Jun 28, 2023 at 9:06
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    @joojaa - Hopefully in time Adobe will improve it to fit the interface a bit better. It is kind of annoying at the moment.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jun 28, 2023 at 10:18
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    To the OP: Select Subject is also available under the Select main menu, and Select Subjcect and Remove Background are available as buttons in the Properties panel under Quick Actions. You may have to scroll down the panel to find it.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jun 28, 2023 at 10:45
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    @BillyKerr Thank you for everything you mentioned! I forgot to add: Despite having pinned it, it has been coming unpinned, and I don't know what causes that. Knowing that Select Subject and Remove Background are available in the Properties panel is very helpful! Thanks for sharing how to get the Contextual Task Bar back as well! Care to post as an answer? (Will accept.)
    – Mentalist
    Jun 28, 2023 at 11:29

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You can't. It's not possible to dock the bar. You can pin it though. If you hide it, you can get it back under Window > Contextual Task Bar

Select Subject is also available under the Select main menu, and Select Subject and Remove Background are available as buttons in the Properties panel under Quick Actions. You may have to scroll down the panel to find it.

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