Photoshop: Auto-Select Layer/Group automatically toggles on Quit (cmd+Q)

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I prefer to have Auto-Select set to "Layer", and now holding the cmd button (mac) allows you to toggle Auto-Select. Great in theory, but when you hit cmd+Q to quit Photoshop, it saves that toggled state. So every time I start Photoshop now it's set to Auto-Select Group, and I have to manually change it back to Layer.
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Hmm. It sounds like your preferences aren't getting saved. What version of Photoshop are you running? What OS/version?

Try this test: Set the Move tool options to "Auto-Select" checked and the pop-up set to "Layer." Then also pull a single panel out from its normal location (e.g. pull the layers panel out and put it right in the middle of the screen)

Quit Photoshop. Relaunch Photoshop.

Is the layers panel still where you left it? Is Auto-Select checked? The pop-up still set to "Layer"?
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The preferences seem to be saving just fine. I'm running the 2014.2.1 Release of Photoshop on OSX Yosemite (10.10).

The layers panel stays where I put it just fine.

As far as the Auto-Select goes, if I quit using my mouse instead of keyboard, all the settings stay exactly as they should. However, if I quit Photoshop with the CMD+Q keyboard shortcut, it leaves Auto-Select checked, but it toggles between Group & Layer.

For example, I'm running Photoshop with Auto-Select on and set to Layer. I close all my documents, and I go to hit CMD+Q. When I initially hold down CMD, I see the Auto-Select dropdown menu change to Group, and then when I hit Q to finish the keyboard shortcut, Photoshop quits. Then when I relaunch, Auto-Select is on and set to Group. The same process works in reverse as well (Changing from Group to Layer). It is saving the temporarily toggled state from the CMD button being pressed.

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