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Making the auto select layer check box a keyboard hot key


Question

I find myself clicking on the auto select layer check box an egregious amount during the day. I was wondering if someone knew how to make it a hot key as that would save me quite a bit of time.

2013/05/20
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5/20/2013 5:38:00 PM

Accepted Answer

You can use Tool Presets and Actions.

Window > Tool Presets, and click the New Preset icon at the bottom of the Tool Preset Panel. Note the current Auto-Select setting and name it appropriately. Then toggle the Auto-select and create a second preset by again clicking the New Preset icon at the bottom of the panel.

Then, create a new action by clicking the New icon at the bottom of the Actions Panel (Window > Actions). Name it and assign and F-Key shortcut to it and click Record. Simply click the first Tool Preset you just created. Then click Stop on the Action Panel. Repeat this, assigning a different F-Key shortcut, and clicking the second Tool Preset you created.

You should end up with 2 actions, each with an assigned F-key shortcut which will then essentially let you toggle the Auto-Select setting (more specifically select a Tool Preset via the action).

You can't assign keyboard shortcuts to Tool presets, so this is really the only method I'm aware of.

2013/05/20
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5/20/2013 7:09:00 PM

When you are using Move tool you can press Cmd to temporarily enable auto selection functionality.

Adding Shift to the mix will enable to you deselect or select multiple layers.


If you have any other tool selected, you can Cmd + Alt + Mouse right click a layer and it will be selected. This is nearly identical to auto select with the move tool, you just can't move the layer during that click.

Adding Shift to the mix will enable to you deselect or select multiple layers.

Also, while auto-select ignores locked layers, this method doesn't. I have not found a way around that, other than switching to move tool and using auto-select instead. Incidentally, if you have move tool selected, you can force it to select locked layers by pressing down Cmd + Alt. Both left click and right click work with that.

This works with most tools, but not every single tool. Some tools show different icons, when you press down Cmd + Alt, but that doesn't mean it won't work.


Some other move tool tips / hotkeys for when you are using any other tool:

  • Cmd of course temporarily gives you the move tool.

  • Cmd + Mouse right click will bring up a context menu where you can select a layer.

    • The selected layer in the list tends to be the layer you clicked.
  • Cmd + Alt + Mouse left click and drag will copy / move the selected layer

  • Cmd + Alt + Arrow key will copy / move the selected layer 1px to the direction of your choosing

  • Cmd + Alt + Shift Arrow key will copy / move the selected layer 10px to the direction of your choosing.


If you are on Windows just replace Cmd with Ctrl

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