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I am used to Photoshop CS5 on Windows where the program has a gray background. I don't see my desktop when the program is open. On the Mac t hough, Photoshop is transparent and always fullscreen. I see the desktop icons and I find this very annoying. Also, I can't attach a canvas window to the application like I can do in Photoshop on Windows.

Can I activate an application background on in Photoshop in the Mac which will cover my desktop the way every application does when it is opened up fullscreen?

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To achieve a look like on Windows, activate this: Window > Application Frame

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This is great, why it is not activated by default is one of the Mac mysteries – Mirko Apr 23 '15 at 9:56

One alternative would be to use Isolator. Or I just use a solid gray desktop picture, keep other applications hidden, and the desktop empty.

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