Photoshop CC 19.1.6: Not consistently recording changes as steps

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Sometimes when I make changes in an adjustment layer, theydo not show up as new steps in the history tab. I made many adjustments to thislayer, yet it still only shows the two previous adjustment layer changes assteps.  Other times each changes to thelayer does show up as a separate step. Not sure why behavior is inconsistent.  

When I hit Command + Z, it undoes last step, but still shows2 change steps- no change in history tab(not pictured).

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Hi Robert,

This is actually by design. We don't record all changes made to an adjustment, only the last one unless another step was made in between. The same is true of transforms and moves on the canvas. This is to avoid blowing out all the history states making minor adjustments or nudges on the canvas.
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Hmm, I would think the whole point of history steps is so you can easily go backwards to undo things one at a time. How would I go back say 4 steps in my changes if they are not actually being recorded as steps? Is there a way to change this as a preference- could not find it myself? I can see minor things like several small nudges could be potentially lumped together, but adjustments resulting in totally different types of color look up tables should be considered major enough.

 

I just did a test with nudging a layer- sometimes it records it as a step, most times it does not, with no other action performed in between nudges. If I leave Photoshop, then come back, it records a step. If I click on a different layer, then click back, it records as a step. If I click on a previous history step, then click back, a step.

 

But nudges aside, I really need changes like I am doing recorded as steps, so I can go back using history steps.

 

Thanks Jeffrey.