Photoshop: Move Tool - Toggle auto select shortcut changed

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Hello. The changed shortcuts to toggle the autoselection of layers with the move tool selected is highly frustrating to me. I used to have a great workflow with auto select turned on and used cmd to drag elements that were either off-canvas or too small / too transparent to grab them. Now it seems to be inverted: I need to turn auto select off to toggle with cmd. When it is turned on, cmd seems to toggle now between layer and group auto selection.
I can't understand why this was changed or is at least not something I can switch between in the preferences.

Thanks you very much for looking into this.

Michael Heins
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Michael Heins

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There was a Photoshop update just now but it didn't fix this issue. Do we know when this feature will come back or should we just start getting used to the fact that it isn't there?
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Yea I tried to uninstall and reinstall CC 2014 and I noticed that the auto-select has become a toggle icon. IMO, that is a pretty useless update LOL. Please, please fix this and bring back the command key behavior!!
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Official Response
We're still planning to roll this change back... but I want to make sure all you guys knew... if you uncheck auto-select:

CMD still toggles between auto-select and not. I know it's not ideal for most of you here... but you *can* work similarly to the way you did before in this fashion. Just inverse when you hold down command.
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Ditto to exactly what @Martin Huber just said, that's whats killing me.
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Thanks for the heads up. I've switched back to an older CC version while waiting for the fix.

What's killing me was indeed having to inverse: it felt like having to release instead of pushing the brake pedal when you want to stop the car.
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Yes, I'm doing this now, every time I want to select an object I just press CMD. A bit annoying, but thank you guys to keep us updated. It's good to know that you are aware of this and a fix is coming soon.
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Bradee Evans, Product Designer

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Just to clarify... Martin and I talked off line--he can still drag as long as he *doesn't* hold down CMD. It's still, in his own words, like pressing the break instead of the gas... but it's a work around until the change is rolled back.
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Not to be pushing here, but with Christmas drawing near, I really need to be at my A-game. Any clue on when you can roll back the move-tool? It really slows me down to no end not being able to use auto.select.
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wtf is wrong with this new version of Photoshop cc 2014?? who made this up? I am not prefer this is our new behavior, but there is no way you can work any faster without this future !! you screw my work.., it's take 4 hour to finish my work, now it's take more than 6 hour!! ARRRRRRRafsfadgafsa
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MacTyler

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Let's try and stay constructive here! They've acknowledged the mistake and we're just waiting on a fix.
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Dave Mersch

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Not without its limitations, I've been using cmd+t as an interim fix, for moving grouped layers.
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Bradee Evans, Product Designer

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You should be be able to move grouped layers no problem. Not sure why you need to use CMD T... If auto-select is off... and you CMD select a bunch of layers... moving them with CMD off... should move them no problem.
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Pierrick Verilhac

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Infuriating. Can't wait for them to fix that. I feel like I am using a different program.
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Justin Thompson

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Is this a bug or did this get switch for a specific reason?
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Çağlar Atambay

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I am a PC user having the same problem and it seems like a bug. I've checked my friend's Mac and there is no such problem on mac. I've also tried to do the latest update. It did not work for me.

My short term solution is to work in unchecked mode and to choose layers with holding cmd, but looking for long term solution !
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It's been over two weeks. And I am really starting to feel the burn here, guys.

Any timetable on that rollback?
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Arkadiusz Stanikowski

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MY SOLUTION:

Download Photoshop CC 2014.1 directly from Adobe servers and sign in with Your Adobe ID:
http://prodesigntools.com/adobe-cc-20...

And do not update.
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Thanks this works perfect for me, the only drawback is that you can't update it. By going back to the older version of CC2014, I can now use the same workflow and also take advantage of the new powerful layer comps. Appreciate it!
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Thanks! This also works perfect for me. A somewhat easy fix for us. I still hope that they address the issue in the next update.
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Megan Dunagan

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Yes, this is a temp fix, but we need to stress how important it is for Adobe to change this in the coming update; we can't be pigeon-holed into this one version. ESPECIALLY when this command has been standard in all previous versions.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Issue moving a layer the way I used to with the control key held down.

With an active layer; I used to be able to have my cursor anywhere on the document and while holding down the control key > could move the layer around the workspace......

Now with photoshop CC and having recently updated my version; this way of moving layers no longer works for me.

I prefer to work the way I used to; which only required dragging around the layer I wanted to select, then press and hold control and then with my cursor anywhere on the doc window; I could move it freely.

Any solutions to this? Adobe help couldn't understand the issue
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Somehow the shortcut was switched to now toggle the auto-select group/layer dropdown. The only fix is to either find a place to download an older version of Photoshop, work with the auto-select box unchecked and use ctrl+click to select new layers, or wait forever for Adobe to fix this issue.
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Jonathan Kicillof

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Please fix this ASAP!
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Megan Dunagan

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This need to be fixed as soon as possible. It's INCREDIBLY aggravating. Thanks for taking a look at this, devs, though.
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Jonathan Kicillof

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I downgraded Photoshop CC to 2014.1 and Ctrl key behaves as usual again...
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Thomas Latus

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I'm starting to break my habit – and I don't like that fact...
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop: Auto-Select Layer/Group automatically toggles on Quit (cmd+Q).

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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Brad

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Seriously Adobe. This has absolutely destroyed how I work with Photoshop. Please make updating this a priority.
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Joe Roberts

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I contacted the help line chat and they suggested to use the previous version....very convenient to have that option on the creative cloud / app section under FILTERS & VERSIONS.... go back to CS6 and it will work
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Megan Dunagan

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You only need to revert to CC 2014.1..just don't upgrade it to .2
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Brad

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Thanks Joe! That does the trick. I'll wait and watch this thread to see it get resolved and every gets happy again before upgrading again.
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Craig Weinberg

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I have been a loyal PS user and have spent an absurd amount of money over the years working with this great software... This small change has caused a huge disruption in my workflow too! My time value has just dropped due to the extra clicks needed to use the move tool! It's extremely frustrating that the only fix is to roll back to an earlier version, loosing the "stay up-to-date" marketing line to sell the CC. Fix this!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Control key for move tool toggle behaviour.

The new Control key toggle between Auto Select Layer, Auto Select Group raises a lot of problems and it's really not as useful as it was previously.
Having many layers I use the Auto-Select option. I select my layer and then hold Control to drag it (works perfectly for really small layers). But now, holding control selects the whole group. Not even the closest parent, but the top one (this is not useful as many designers keep things tidy by having groups within groups).
As a designer who's been using PS for over 15 years, this is the first time I am completely dissatisfied with an interface change (I even tolerated the changing of the shortcut key for blur&smudge tool), the first time I am complaining.
Please change it back or find another solution, or give us a checkbox to tick to revert back.
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Totally agree. I have never complained about a feature change ever but this is near intolerable. They've siad they're rolling it back, but when? Not soon enough, that's for sure.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Temporary auto-select toggling with CMD key gone in PS 2014.2.1.

Up until Photoshop CC 2014 you could press the command key on a mac to temporarily toggle-on or toggle-off auto-select.

Since 2014.2.1 the auto-select checkmark was replaced with a button with the following alt-text: "Automatically select a group or a layer when clicking on a visible pixel". With that change, it seems the old toggle functionality has been lost.

Please re-incorporate that feature, it was really great...
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Is there any timeframe for rolling back this feature to behave like it always did? I would really like to know when we'll get our usable version back in place. This is unusable for me as well.
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I got the next PS2014 CC update today and this is still not fixed. Please (please) revert or at least give us an option to make it like before:

With 'Autoselect Layer' checked:

CMD/Ctrl+Drag should lock onto the selected layer allowing to move the layer even when the cursor is off of the object.

This is how it always was and is a major setback to have to try and work differently. (I don't need the CMD to toggle between Autoselect Layer/Group, instead CMD/Ctrl should lock onto the selected layer while dragging around the canvas. Like it always was! (Keep the legacy).
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Photoshop hasn't had an update since 15.2.1.
Are you confusing the Camera Raw 8.7 update with a Photoshop update?
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Arkadiusz Stanikowski

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Chris, You know nothing :)
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This toggle update is dramatically messing with common practice workflow. Really really need to know this will be updated soon. Major failure of Photoshop team to leave dedicated users hanging for over a month. When is the next update??
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Uri Kirstein

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Chris - Highly appreciate your being here. As to the version question, I came in yesterday and there were CC updates on my cloud screen ready for download on like 4 apps - 1 of them was Photoshop. So looks like I just didn't have the latest versions on this Mac yet. Looking forward to the next one, and let me know if I can help at all with this toggle change issue, thanks in advance!

My system info reads:

Adobe Photoshop Version: 2014.2.1 20141014.r.257 2014/10/14:23:59:59 CL 987299 x64
Operating System: Mac OS 10.10.1

Thanks for your reply!

- Uri
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Just got an update, no fix yet : /
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Pierrick Verilhac

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NOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Uri Kirstein

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From what they just said there's no new update yet so don't fret (yet). If you look at the version number you should still see the old number. In my case I think had to 're-update' but its not a new update. I got CC including PS updates yesterday but I think it was because I applied a new mac OS update (most likely was the case).
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Pierrick Verilhac

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Yeah, I can't seem to find any update since Oct 6. Not through my creative cloud panel, and not on their site either.
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Quit and restart your Creative Cloud app. There was a Camera Raw update earlier this week. The update to fix this issue is forthcoming.