I know How to update "place linked..." file in Photoshop CC.

I have placed illustrator file as a place linked file in Photoshop. "Place Linked" automatically updates when i save illustrator file but i need to switch to Photoshop to view the updated file.

Can Photoshop update the place linked file automatically without switching to Photoshop? . PS: Photoshop is opened in the background.

Switch back to photoshop to see the changes

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    Welcome to GD.SE. May I ask what does inDesign have to do with your question (since you added the tag)?
    – Luciano
    Jun 24, 2016 at 14:04
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    If you are not using PS why should it update the file? For what the programs know you are still using illustrator so there is no reason for it to fetch data from the file? Jun 24, 2016 at 14:11
  • @Luciano i want to work on PS, AI and INDD simultaneously. Jun 25, 2016 at 5:28
  • @SZCZERZOKŁY I am using AI in my workflow to use vector objects in My PS file. Am on Dual screen monitor setup want to preview changes live without switching to PS. Jun 25, 2016 at 5:31
  • @Sachin fine, but INDD has nothing to do with the question
    – Luciano
    Jun 25, 2016 at 11:11

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Basically, no. The other program will not check for updates (and therefore will not update) until it is moved to the foreground.

You can rapidly switch back and forth by using alt+tab twice (cmd+tab on Mac) as a fast way to see the changes without having to use the mouse.

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