Photoshop: Group/Folder disclosure problem (collapsed vs uncollapsed)

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It is incredibly frustrating to have the option to create a group folder in Photoshop but not be able to keep that folder closed. Every time I reopen a project the folders spring open of their own will. When you are working on highly detailed projects with multiple layers organization is key. The work flow would be greatly enhanced by fixing this problem.

I feel like Photoshop has a plethora of features but really lacks in stability and performance. Some of the most basic things should be addressed before adding more bells and whistles.
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Katrina Fisher

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Hi Katrina,

What version of Photoshop are you using? If I select a group of layers and drag them to the New Group icon, or hit Cmd/Ctrl + G, the group that is created is collapsed.

Also, if I create a PSD where the groups are collapsed, save the file and reopen it, the groups retain their collapsed state - so I'm not sure why you're not seeing this behavior. Is that not what you're seeing?

If you receive a document where the groups aren't collapsed, here are some shortcuts which might be useful to you.

Open/close all layer groups (folders) at the current level of hierarchy: Cmd-click the arrow next to the group

This is handy when you want to open/close, say, all the top-level groups without disturbing the open/closed state of any groups nested within them.

Open/close all layer groups nested within the current one: Opt-click the arrow next to the group

This is nice when you want to open/shut a bunch of nested groups, without affecting any that lie outside the target group.

Open/close all layer groups, period: Cmd-Opt-click the arrow next to a group

So, to keep things simple: when in doubt, Cmd-Opt-click a group’s arrow and you’ll collapse/expand all groups.

On Windows please substitutes Ctrl for Cmd and Alt for Opt.