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I find myself clicking on the auto select layer check box an egregious amount during the day. I was wondering if someone knew how to make it a hot key as that would save me quite a bit of time.

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It should stay set once you set it. I've never had to hit that option more than once in a work session. –  Scott May 20 '13 at 17:41
    
@Scott it does stay once I set it but I toggle it a lot throughout the day. So I was wondering if I could set up a hot key for it. –  Zack Aronson May 20 '13 at 17:52

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You can use Tool Presets and Actions.

Window > Tool Presets, and click the New Preset icon at the bottom of the Tool Preset Panel. Note the current Auto-Select setting and name it appropriately. Then toggle the Auto-select and create a second preset by again clicking the New Preset icon at the bottom of the panel.

Then, create a new action by clicking the New icon at the bottom of the Actions Panel (Window > Actions). Name it and assign and F-Key shortcut to it and click Record. Simply click the first Tool Preset you just created. Then click Stop on the Action Panel. Repeat this, assigning a different F-Key shortcut, and clicking the second Tool Preset you created.

You should end up with 2 actions, each with an assigned F-key shortcut which will then essentially let you toggle the Auto-Select setting (more specifically select a Tool Preset via the action).

You can't assign keyboard shortcuts to Tool presets, so this is really the only method I'm aware of.

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Hey @scott I can get it to toggle on and off with pressing the play button for either toggling it on or off, but the F-Key shortcuts don't seem to be working. Any other ideas for that? Thanks for the help! –  Zack Aronson May 20 '13 at 21:52
    
If you are using the Mac IS it is sometimes necessary ti hold the Function (Fn) key to use the F-keys. This can be adjusted in the System Preferences > Keyboard by ticking the Use F keys as standard keys. –  Scott May 20 '13 at 23:56
    
Yup @scott Thanks! –  Zack Aronson May 21 '13 at 3:33
    
Glad that solved it. If only I could fix the dang typos in that comment :) –  Scott May 21 '13 at 16:33

When you are using Move tool you can press Cmd + Mouse left click to temporarily enable auto selection functionality.

If you have any other tool selected, you can Cmd + Alt + Mouse right click a layer and it will be selected. This is nearly identical to auto select with the move tool, you just can't move the layer during that key press.


Some other move tool tips for when you are using any other tool:

  • Cmd of course temporarily gives you the move tool.

  • Cmd + Mouse right click will bring up a context menu where you can select a layer.

  • Cmd + Alt + Shift + Mouse right click will select or deselect the clicked layer.

  • Cmd + Alt + Mouse left click and drag will copy / move the selected layer

  • Cmd + Alt + Arrow key will copy / move the selected layer 1px to the direction of your choosing

  • Cmd + Alt + Shift Arrow key will copy / move the selected layer 10px to the direction of your choosing.


If you are on Windows just replace Cmd with Ctrl

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Thank you @joonas. That is an awesome trick! –  Zack Aronson May 20 '13 at 21:54
    
Helpful, but does not really answer the question. The auto-select option for the Move Tool can not be accessed via the keyboard modifiers. It is either on or off and no keyboard modifier alters that setting. While everything you've posted is 100% accurate. It simply misses the question. –  Scott May 21 '13 at 16:37
    
@Scott I'm not sure I see how this misses the question considering how the functionality has only few differences: 1. You need to be pressing cmd while clicking to enable auto select functionality 2. If you are using any other tool, you need to press few more buttons, right click and you can't drag the layer. If there is no need to set a custom shortcut, then why would you do so? –  Joonas May 21 '13 at 17:33
    
Joonas, if Auto-Select is NOT ticked.. nothing you do with the modifiers keys makes the Move Tool act as if auto-select were ticked. That's what I mean. To see the Auto-select behavior you need multiple layers which you can see at one time. Auto-select lets you Command/Ctrl-click the visible pixels on a layer and that layer gets highlighted in the Layers panel. Without Auto-select, layer highlighting never changes. –  Scott May 21 '13 at 17:38
    
@Scott But that's what those modifier keys do ( or at least I think they do ). What do you think they do then? -- It could be that I'm missing something since I haven't used auto select for ages, because I use the modifier key combination in my answer's second paragraph. –  Joonas May 21 '13 at 17:54

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