Photoshop: Problems merging layers

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When I try to merge layers in the Cloud version of CS6, I sometimes get "Merge Down" as an option, when I'm only trying to merge 2 layers. Or the "Merge Layers" option will not be available, it will be white. This has been happening to me for 15 years now, working in all versions of Photoshop. To be quite honest, if there was a way to disengage "Merge Down" completely I would LOVE it as I never use this command, but it's random appearances make it very frustrating for me. Thank you.
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Hi Trevor,

Merge Down is disabled in cases where the layer receiving the merge (the layer underneath the selected layer) is not a similar layer kind and result in a destructive operation. (e.g. a text or vector layer)

You can force a merge by selecting the two layers you want to merge.
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Hey Jeffrey, thanks for the feedback but all the layers I'm using are the same Photoshop generated artwork. This problem with layer merging happens randomly. For example, just this morning I went to merge 2 layers and the very first option was "Merge Down", which I've explained I never use. Then when I deselected the layers and selected them again, "Merge Down" was now gone but the "Merge Layer" option was white and I could not select it. I tried once more and finally "Merge Layers" was blue and available to me. This is random... and the Adobe tech who did a screen share with me had the same thing happen to her and directed me here. I just wish "Merge Down" was never even an option for me.
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Let me see if I can get a copy of the screen recording from support.
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If it helps, I have 3 screen captures of the layers window showing all 3 options I detailed above for the same 2 layers that I selected for merging.
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Sure. If you have a video of what you're seeing, that would be helpful.
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No video... just screen images of the layers window showing that all three merging options were offered to me at different times.
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That may be helpful, too.
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As you can see, layers 19 and 20 were the only ones selected, and first "Merge Down" was offered to me, reselected the 2 layers, then "Merge Layers" appears but it is whited out and I'm unable to activate it... tried selecting the 2 layers a 3rd time, and voila... "Merge Layers" can be used.
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Hmm. That is strange. Let me see if I can reproduce that behavior.
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Hi Trevor,

What method are you using for selecting and reselecting the layers? Also, could you send your file to jrubbo AT adobe DOT com? I'd like to take a look, as I am not able to reproduce this on my own file.

Thanks!
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Hi Jeanne,

I'm not sure if this will work for the file any more because I have gone way beyond that section and the project is finished. This is just an arbitrary thing that happens from time to time, with pretty much every file I create. Has happened before in other versions of Photoshop, too... ergo why I haven't contacted anyone about it.

As far as how I select the layers, I am just clicking on one then the other with my stylus, then going up to the dropdown at the top left of the layers box and selecting "Merge Layers".
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Always with a stylus (wacom)? and always selecting directly in the Layers panel?
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Yes, always a stylus. I use a Wacom Intuos 2 tablet. And yes, I always select in the Layers panel.
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I'm still having the same problem! I worked all day with the program yesterday, and I had this same issue occur about 25 times. I just opened up the program and started working again and within 5 mins, same thing. All I want to do is merge 2 layers (out of 12 layers) and I get "Merge Down". ARGHHHHH!!!!!!!!
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You mentioned that you always use a stylus. Have you ever run into the issue when not using a stylus (and the stylus is unplugged)?