Step Backwards undoes Layer Selection

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This conversation has been merged. Please reference the main conversation: Photoshop: Don't understand the undo/redo system

Stepping backwards will often times undo a layer selection. This gets messy. I will select a layer, make a modification, then step backwards. It will then select back to the previous layer I had. It's terribly frustrating and disorienting.

I work with several others who run into the same problem. If this is a 'feature' of step backwards, I highly recommend adding multiple undo options and keep them separate from step backwards.

Thanks for listening!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Undo = 2 states back.

Say I am on any given layer initially.
Then, i select one of my layers with the autoselect (v), then make one brush stroke to paint on it.
If i hit undo, it undo my brush stroke AND takes me back to my initial layer (not the one i was wanting to paint on.

Why is undo doing this and how can i solve it ?
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I really don't like this behaviour.

Now, i understand that it is linked to 2 different behaviours:
Undo Vs Step Backward
Undo does not take the change of layer as an action, so it has the right behaviour i want
Now, the problem seem to be that it is not possible to make multiple Undo's! I don't really get why that is, but i would rather be able to do that.

Edit: I found this post:

It seems that this script could fix the issue:
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I confirm that this is solving the problem !

To install the script:
1*Download it from:

2*Put it in the photoshop folder:
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC (64 Bit)\Presets\Scripts
It is probable that you can put it whenever you want, i don't know.

3*In photoshop, go to File - Scripts - Script Events Manager

4*In the down part of this window, open the dropdown menu of "scripts", choose "Browse", it is all the way down

5*Go to the file at the location described in the second step

6*Clic "Done"

7*Go to Edit - Keyboard Shortcuts Or use the shortcut alt shift ctrl K

8*The shortcut you want to assign is in the Application menus - File - Script (search a bit, the name is "StepBackwardSmart")

VoilĂ  !

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