Photoshop: How to make "Auto-Select" disabled the default in the Move Tool?

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As I mentioned in a previous post, just yesterday I upgraded from Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended to Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 20.0.6. I am working on a 2017 5K iMac running Catalina.

I have already run into a few problems and changes which will take some time to get used to.

My current question is regarding the Move Tool. It seems that "Auto-Select" is enabled by default. In CS6 it apparently wasn't.

Personally, I do not like this new behavior, and it is quickly becoming tiresome to have to disable it, every time I select the Move Tool in a new document.

So, is there a way to make the "Auto-Select" parameter disabled as the default for all documents unless manually enabled by me?

Thank you in advance.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Auto-select is the default behavior for CS6 and the current version of Photoshop. Unchecking "Auto-Select" in the options bar should be sticky between uses of the Layer Move tool and relaunches of Photoshop.
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Hello Jeffrey. Thanks for your response. Hmmm . . . I must be losing it. Or maybe I just got a bit confused because this is the first time I am using Photoshop CC 2019 since I installed it yesterday. At any rate, it appears that you are correct. The setting is now sticking, as desired. Thank you!  :)
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Excellent. Thanks for closing the loop. For the record, Auto-select was added as the default behavior way back in CS2 (I was one of the folks who helped add the ability to select more than one layer and all the drag and drop functionality in the Layers panel)
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Jeffrey, I am thinking that what may have happened, is that sometime during the six years that I used Photoshop CS6 Extended, I must have disabled "Auto-Select". As a result, I became accustomed to having it that way over time, and for me, it was the norm to have it off. Thus, when I upgraded to CC 2019, and it was enabled, it threw me for a loop, because I assumed that it was the norm for it to be disabled. :)

BTW, since you are reminiscing, I have actually been using Photoshop since 5.5 when it was still sold on CDs. Not CS5, but 5.5. Over time, I have looked at other apps in order to save a little money, such as GIMP, Pixelmator Pro and Affinity Photo. However, as I tell my friends and readers, Photoshop just can't be beat, in my view, and I just keep coming back to it. :)
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Awesome. Appreciate that! Thanks for closing the loop!