Photoshop: Remember Object/Layer Location

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Sometimes after I placed/orientated an object, I need to move it to make an adjustment and then place it back exactly where it was. The feature to 'remember' the location/orientation of the object with a shortcut, and then to return it to the saved location after adjustments were made.
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Joel Weisbrod

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You can do this easily using Layer Comps. Just be sure to click all the options during Layer Comp creation.
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That takes too long, I need to be able to move something and quickly 'snap' it back in place after I've made a change. 
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With »Adjustment« do you mean Image > Adjustments or also operations that might change a Layer’s Bounding Box? 

If Joel Weisbrod ̊s proposal is too complicated for you you could try a Scripting approach. 
But storing the original Layer location externally or in the metadata would have to be invoked somehow, too, before a Script could subsequently use that information to move the Layer back to that position. 
A simpler approach might be two Actions; one that loads the Layer’s transparency, then deselects, and another that reselects and aligns horizontally and vertically. 
When you move a Layer between those two operations they should move the Layer back in place. 
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Why not just hide the layer that's in the way? or Solo the layer you want to work on? 
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That works some of the times. I basically need an 'undo' tool but, but one that doesn't change the action before you use the tool, but returns you to the state 'two' actions before the 'undo'.  If that makes any sense.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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That's what Layer Comps was designed to do.
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And the Layer Comp Panel’s flyout menu’s items/commands can be assigned shortcuts. 
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