Photoshop: Auto-Select and ignore Adjustment Layers

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When working with multiple layers Adjustment layers select the image below is not possible and you should select in the layers palette or blocked all layers Adjustment. - Could use some additional, small option for the "Move tool" in the form of: Auto-Select> Ignore Adjustment layer. A small thing but it really speeds things up. Regards! Filtering layers.The current solution is a very nice idea, but excluding the adjustment layer selection tool MOVE crashes?? Tree layers displayed with RBM also still displays all the layers??... hmmm I wish that no one in Adobe not tested in practic only for video promo?. :)
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Hi Mario, agree,

In my case when I turn on filter layer in Layer panel (In my case filter by color) I'm then unable to use Move Tools "Auto-Select" option. I doesn't select layer and this annoying message pops up.

Windows 10, Photoshop 2017.0.1.

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled PHOTOSHOP - The Auto-selection of Move tool or Cmd Key (Cmd-Alt-Ctrl with mouse c....

The layer auto-selection mode with Cmd key* should not react on adjustment layers or any masks of non-pixel-layers.
It makes absolutely no sense. I need always to switch off all curves and other adjustment layers to be able to work with that auto-selection-mode.
A curve is always intended for the whole document space. Otherwise it is anyway linked to a pixel layer!

Adjustment layers have no pixels, you can never see where the end or start on the canvas and are never ever an element you want to move blindly.
Tell me a single situation, when you want to auto-select an adjustment curve in a document (especially one with many layers).
And there is no other logic behind, because white parts of the masks of adjustment layers do not have influence. So it is totally randomly and nonsense.

99,99% of all layers you want to move for compositing have pixels! And otherwise adjustment layers were linked (connected) to the pixel layers.
At least: why not give the same possibility like the stamp, where the user can decide, whether adjustment layers have influence??
The sad thing is, the tool worked fine some years ago and was messed up then.

It is sometimes even not good that layers in a layer mode were selcted: It depends if they are just for an effect such as lens flare (then you don't want select the lensflare always) or normally visible layers. This would be the next level of improvement: The user can decide, if layers in any other layer mode than "normal" were selected.

* [and same with the move tool auto-selection, wich I never need, because I'm always using Cmd]
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Upgrade Moove tool - (V).

Move tool -(V): 
make more option in auto select layer, make more options - like in filtering layers /only pixels layer.../ (not adjustments layers) , select layer below, it should bee usable for quick finding layer in bigger amount of them... /At this time it is not usable/ Usually select neer adjustment layer. If I use filtering layers -only pixeled layers, it write> "cold not use tool because no layer are selected..."
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To fix this, click the red button on the image above
The problem will be solved
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Hello, nopa web. Thank you for you comment, this bring me back to this thread after 2 year.

So I just test my issue again in actual version is CC2019 19.1.7.

Made layers labled by colors > Filter layers by one of that color (the red button on the image above is active) > Pick Move tool with "Auto select"

Now it works, without any Error message - even if is layer filtering toggle active (the red button on the image above).
Adobe guys obviously fixed this issue.

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I'm Literally Never Trying To Move A Fill Or Adjustment Layer.

I absolutely adore the new[-ish] ability to grab a layer directly in the view panel, with the option to hold Ctrl/CMD to get the old behavior of interacting with whichever layer is selected in the Layer Palette. I only wish it'd happened sooner. No complaints. Thank you!

Except when it comes to Fill, Adjustment, etc Layers. Often these fill the entire canvas with no fixed dimensions. Therefore they make it impossible to select any other layers directly, invalidating the new system and forcing me to mouse over to the Layer Palette. This is not a catastrophe but it's silly. I think direct select should ignore these layers by default unless, say, I hold down Alt.