Photoshop: The state of folders in Presets panels is not remembered between session

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Currently, I have 30 some styles folders on my Styles palette. I like to keep all of these folders expanded so that I can quickly scroll through them and select the styles which are located in each of these folders. However, since updating to Photoshop 21.01 or 21.0.2, whenever I launch Photoshop, all of these folders are collapsed, and I have to take the time to expand them all again using the disclosure triangle. Is there some setting which will allow me to always have these styles folders already expanded each time I launch Photoshop? Thanks in advance.
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PS 21.02 et macOS 10.15.1 Pareil pour moi, alors que pour les motifs, les dégradés etc.... les dossiers développés restent ouverts pour les sessions suivantes ?

PS 21.02 and macOS10.15.1 the Similar for me, while for motives, gradations etc the developed files remain opened for following sessions?

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Thanks. I've asked engineering to look at this. An easy workaround is to cmd/ctrl click on a folder to expand all of them.
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I think it's no doubt been requested over the years, but a new request certainly wouldn't hurt and may garner enough votes for it.

Saving your presets to disk isn't automatic, correct. Just to the temporary Settings folder. I don't know if people want it to be automatic as plenty of people (particularly designers) may create presets for a project, perhaps by modifying their standard presets, but when that project is done, they don't want them all cluttering their hard drive. I'm just guessing that might have been the original reason for this behavior, particularly when hard drive space was rare and expensive.

I, otoh, would be fine with it being automatic, since I have to manually clean out my Library Presets folder anyway, and when I'm creating several patterns, brushes, or styles in a session, having  to constantly save to disk while I'm working (to avoid the crash that never happens unless you have something you haven't saved), is more of a PITA than clearing out from time to time.

I know we've also asked for a more automatic backup for our Library folders. Briefly we had Cloud Sync and they made a promise to bring something like that back (but didn't say when). Just a script from Adobe that we run to gather our important settings and presets together so we can manually back up to an independent location on our computer would also be helpful.

Some solution or combination of solutions should make this  easier. I think they've been depending upon us to learn the hard way.  '-}
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wordweaver, I think I will split the thread at the ouch level, since it is an unrelated issue to the first one, way easier to follow that way.
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wordweaver, I think I will split the thread at the ouch level, since it is an unrelated issue to the first one, way easier to follow that way.
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Ok, looks like I can't, could you start another thread with the auto save to all, but it is valid for every unsaved preset, including actions, etc.
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Done. I just created a new thread regarding saving styles automatically.
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I would think a Solo mode in the flyout/ c-s menu for panels, something like LR has, could work for everyone. Enable Solo mode and it closes whenever you open a new folder. That helps those of us who hate scrolling.  Don't enable Solo mode and it leaves everything the way you left it, so if a folder you're working with is opened, it stays open until you decide you want to close it.
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OUCH! I just opened Photoshop 21.0.2 for the first time after an update earlier today. I used the command-click option as you suggested, Jeffrey -- which worked fine -- and the first thing I noticed is that all of my custom styles have apparently been zapped out of existence. All of the imported styles I downloaded from the web some time ago are still there, but none of the ones that I actually made in Photoshop are there. :(
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This should be fixed in the 21.1 update that went out last night.
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Automatically saved?  You mean does Adobe open to the Applications folder automatically? Because in my experience, it always opens to the last-used, so I can open anywhere and next time, that's what it will open to. By default it opens to the Library folder.

If you mean the permissions issue, I thought that was Apple. I just gave every folder in the chain a user permission and it works. Plus it does open to that folder again.

In all instances, regardless of where I'm saving it, the suggested file type IS .asl in the name field when I open Styles to save a style set.

Have I completely missed what you were referring to?
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No, Cristen. What I was referring to is what we were discussing earlier. That is, I would really like to see when we create a new style, it is automatically saved as an .asl file in the Presets/Styles folder, and not just in a temporary memory space where it may be lost through a version upgrade, or due to some other unforeseen reason.

BTW, Jeffrey, I now have 21.1 installed. It became available shortly after I made my previous comment.
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Hello, Jeffrey refers to the former, (folders). Can you confirm it is fixed for you?
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> That is, I would really like to see when we create a new style, it is automatically saved as an .asl file in the Presets/Styles folder,

Oh, okay. Not an "issue" in their minds because that's the way it always has been, but a feature request from us to them—one that I think has been delivered often.  (sigh) I think we all agree that too few people realize they'll lose their presets if they don't save them right away to the hard drive, so an automatic way of preserving them is a very good idea.

I learned early on in my life with PS when I set out to make several new presets in a single session—and apparently there's a law that says if PS is ever going to crash, it's going to crash during a session like that. LOL

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I can confirm that the collapsed styles folders issue is indeed fixed on my 2017 5K iMac running macOS Catalina 10.15.3. I just ran 21.1 for the first time. I manually opened all of my styles folders, and then relaunched Photoshop two times. In both instances, the folders all remained open.