Photoshop: Ability to select the last descendant group instead of the ancestor group using Auto-Select.

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Right now, using "Auto-Select: Group" enables the user to select the first ancestor group. It would be nice if there was a way to select the last descendant group too.

This could easily be achieved by changing
this:


to this:


This would be very useful to select small groups and would save a lot of time. I currently use "Auto-Select: Layer" to select a layer within the group, then i click the group in the "Layers" panel, then i collapse the group (because auto-select expands it).

This would save some time on this repetitive task and I think it would be really easy to implement.
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Thanks for the request.

Here's a workaround if you have Auto-Select Group selected. You can right click on the canvas and it will display the hierarchy of the group structure, so you can select a child group. Hold the Cmd (mac) or Ctrl (win) win to temporarily disable Auto-Select to move and manipulate the sub-group.
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I tried that, but I get a huge list of groups since i have a lot of them. A problem with this workaround would be that if the user doesn't have very descriptive group names, he might not immediately find his desired group.

It would be interesting if by crtl+right_clicking, the context menu would only show the group hierarchy of the group you're hovering. That would be a nice feature too.
Instead of showing all of the document's hierarchy, it could only show something like this: