Photoshop: How do I extract Smart Objects back to layers/groups?

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Smart Objects in Photoshop CS6 and CS6 x64 do not have a right click option on the layer to remove the layer from being a smart object, nor does it have an option in the layer menu. The only option I notice is to export smart objects. If this is not a bug please advise how to extract contents.
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Use Export Contents to save the child file (via right clicking or the Layer->Smart Object menu)

You can't normally get the layers back into the parent document (unless you just made the smart object, in which case "undo" is available) -- so there is no "extract into parent" command.
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If you drag and drop a group from a smart object it dumps the contents back into the window you dragged and dropped them into, but that is the only workaround I have found to do what I wanted to do. Exporting the contents does not do what I want to do.
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Yes, that that works in the limited case where you didn't transform, have all the resolution, modes and bit depth matching, etc.

In general, you can't extract the contents back into the parent. (and when you could do it is such a small subset of cases that it isn't interesting, and in most of those cases "undo" works just as well)

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