Photoshop CC 2015.5.1: Why does deleting one path point select all the remaining path points?

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Please help me to understand about the Direct Selection Tool and auto-selecting all anchor points when editing a path?

Deleting an anchor point or segment when editing a path will auto-select every other remaining anchor point on the path. Why? What is the purpose of this? You now to have to navigate back to the individual anchor point and reselect it so you can continue. Isn't there a reason that two Selection tools exist? Direct Selection Tool is not the Path Selection Tool. It seems that it should never auto-select all anchor points unless the cursor is dragging over the entire path to do so. Can this behavior be changed, it's become a constant interuption and irritation.

I just can't see any purpose in auto-selecting everything on a path that is A. still open and B. when using a tool specifically made for editing individual points and segments. If I could just understand why it does this I still won't like it but it may keep me from punching a hole through my monitor.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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I'm not the paths expert on the team, but I will try and answer. It probably won't be a satisfying answer but here goes:
  • The behavior is the same as it's always been and matches the behavior of Illustrator (or at least as long as the 15+ years I've been here)
My guess is it's not something we could easily change as the behavior is now an expected behavior (25-30 years of muscle memory)
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I just can't see any purpose in auto-selecting everything on a path
I am used to use this strange thing as benefit :-D
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Jaroslav,
OK, that's a start. So try to explain what I'm missing? How is selecting every anchor point while in the midst of editing a path beneficial to you?

Jeff,
Been using PS since v4, honestly, literally. I'm pretty sure (could be losing my mind though) this behavior has not been around for 15+ years but was introduced into Photoshop sometime around the launch of CC, I'm guessing to mimc Illustrator. It even got retrofitted into post-CC version of CS6. I remeber uninstalling CC and reinstalling CS6 straight from the disc. After updating CS6 somehow CC was introduced again on the system and the new behavior along with it as well as new auto-selecting all points when closing a path. I'm asking about Photoshop here. I'm incredibly well familiar with InDesign and Illustrator but the behavior of the Pen Tool and both Selection Tools was changed sometime around 2013-ish.
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I don't know, but I know that it delete subpath in shape and I am deleting whole supaths with this. :-D
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Finnaly I know why I need it. If you have mutliple shapes in one layer and you merge them into one... then black selecting curors select all merged closed paths. But if you select one point with white selecting cursor and you remove one point, then you can remove single closed path and don't change another closed path merged in same shape. (just download some outline icon from flaticons.com in PSD format, try change icon into filled icon and you will understand.