Photoshop: Shortcut to toggle Auto-Select layer (Change from 'Layer' to 'Group')

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A Shortcut to toggle the Auto-Select layer ON & OFF (+ Shortcut: Change from layer to Group)
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!
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Jason Peters

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PECourtejoie, Champion

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I keep it off, and select my layers via shortcuts: CMD+right-click and select in the list, or Hold V, CMD and get topmost layer, move, release V.

But I can understand that one would like to assign shortcuts to other interface controls...
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Jason Peters

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Yes I've used this method as well, but if you want to move whole groups it's not as useful, clicking layers with auto-select and multiple layers holding shift is a really fast way of working especially when using a lot of layers in interface design. Then having yo manually untag to move folders/groups every time is a bit annoying, so a shortcut to achieve this would be a nice feature...
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Jason Peters

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I guess it's a little lazy and pedantic, but having to hold down the command key every time you need to select is annoying as well, esp when you have to do it a billion times per day lol... appreciate your comments mate :)
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I always have the hand next to the CMD, OPT, Shift and spacebar... But YMMV, I don't select as often as you do, it seems...
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A shortcut key to toggle between move tool's layer/group option would be useful.
I looked for but there is no way to assign it.



This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop: Toggle between move tool's layer/group option with keyboard shortcut.
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I'd love to see a keyboard shortcut in Photoshop to select the parent group of the current layer/group.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Select Parent Group.
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dong pn

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Indeed,I want this shortcut too. It will save mouse moving time.
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Luis Leguisamo

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1. Create two Tool Presets that consist of:
a) Move Tool + Auto-Select + Layer
b) Move Tool + Auto-Select + Group

2. Create an Action that records when you select your Tool Preset:
Make sure to assign a Function Key when naming your Action.
(e.g. You can assign F1 for Group and Shift+F1 for Layer)

Hope that helps :)

Luis
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 1. Create two Tool Presets that consist of: 
a) Move Tool + Auto-Select + Layer 
b) Move Tool + Auto-Select + Group 

2. Create an Action that records when you select your Tool Preset: 
Make sure to assign a Function Key when naming your Action. 
(e.g. You can assign F1 for Group and Shift+F1 for Layer) 

Hope that helps :) 
Thanks, Luis. 

If you want to make a single shortcut that actually toggles, here's how (in Illustrator 2018). Make tool presets as above, but make 3 actions as follows;

Auto-select toggle (F3)
If  
current layer is layer group
Then Play Action: action "Auto select layer" 
Else Play Action: action "Auto select group" 

Auto-select layer

Select tool preset "Autoselect layer"

Auto-select group
Select tool preset "Autoselect group"


Use "Insert Conditional" to get the If statement in the action.

Toggle-ahoy!
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There is a shortcut key to do exactly this and I have been searching to find it again but keep seeing this thread. Its a simple keystroke that will toggle Layer to Group and when released goes back to Layer making it more efficient to quickly grab a whole group. If I find the answer I'll post here.

UPDATE: Looks like something changed in 2014.2 release so this little trick appears to be removed. http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...