Using Photoshop CC (on Windows), I sometimes need to drag layers from one document to another. When the documents are tab-docked, I expected to be able to drag the layer over the tab and have have it "spring" open (as with folders on OS X). This does not work for me, however, and I instead have to undock one of the documents involved so that I can drag the layer onto the content of the document I want.

dragging layer over tab and holding does not bring tab to front

I have now seen other posts on this site that appear to say that this should work. How can I get this to work for me?

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Also you can right click on selected layer(-s) and use Duplicate layer option

  • Can you please add a screenshot?
    – Mensch
    Jan 8, 2016 at 11:40
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    Oooooh, nice one. Right click on the layer, duplicate layer, then choose the opened document onto duplicate should happen. Thanks
    – Martin
    Nov 29, 2017 at 14:57

There's a slight trick to it.

You can't drag from the layers panel to a tab.

Highlight the layers you wish to move in the Layers Panel then click drag from the document window to a hidden tab. The tab should then spring forward and allow you to "drop" the layers.

Basically the drag has to be initiated from within the active tab in order to get the hidden tabs to pop forward.

  • Ah, thanks. I'll accept when the timer allows it.
    – Phrogz
    Aug 24, 2015 at 17:45
  • a shame that a soft that known and expensive is not able to permit this stupid action: drag from Layer Panel, let the user tap control tab to switch canvas, and drop on the resulting document window; Every osx soft does...
    – Martin
    Nov 29, 2017 at 17:00

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