Photoshop: Can't delete layer group

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I have a document from which I cannot delete some layer groups. I suspect that the document is corrupted, but want to confirm before I proceed. The TIFF document (88K) can be downloaded here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bsn3ckcrlmssmd2/Cannot%20delete%20layer%20groups.tif?dl=0.


This document is derived from another document from which I deleted all the layers and all the layer groups that I could delete, leaving only the buggy layer groups. Here are some of the symptoms

  • None of the layer groups can be deleted. (Note gray trash can in screen shot).
  • There is one layer in this document, which can be deleted, which makes me think that Photoshop believes that there is another layer (or layers) in the document, which PS isn't showing me.
  • For most of the layer groups, if you click on that layer group with the Move tool selected and click an arrow key you get the error message "Could not nudge the data because the group contains a locked layer." Of course, the group appears empty in PS. However if you select the bottom layer group you DO NOT get this message, yet that layer group also cannot be deleted.
Any ideas what is going on? If it is a corrupted document, what is the best procedure to fix it?



Adobe Photoshop 21.2.0 running on MacOS 10.14.6
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Alan Harper

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Yves Crausaz

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Bonjour, ces groupes sont vides ????? Vous avez donc probablement supprimer les calques qui y étaient, mais pas les groupes....
Simplement sélectionnez tous les groupes, Fusionnez les groupes, il en résultera des calques vides que vous pourrez supprimer !

Hello, these groups are empty ????? So you probably deleted the layers that were there, but not the groups ....
Simply select all groups, Merge groups, it will result in empty layers that you can delete!

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Yves, I thought I understood Photoshop, but (a) your solution worked perfectly, and (b) I have no idea why. Thank you very much.
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It's corrupted but not sure how it got into the state as we couldn't reproduce it with the description provided. If you have consistent steps to reliably reproduce, that would be awesome.
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 Thanks Jeffrey. I doubt I can replicate it, but if I find any clues I’ll post them here.