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I have a photoshop file with a lot of groups inside and inside those groups even more groups, to get to a layer that I want is a looong way, and after that its even longer to colapse back so I can get to another layer... I was wondering if there is a posibillity to collaps, expand all groups at once ?

Other tips for organizing/finding layers and all stuff like that are welcome also.


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maybe some magic plugIn ? – Flavius Frantz Jan 18 '12 at 14:52
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To open/close all layer groups (folders) at the current level of hierarchy: Cmd-click the arrow next to the group

This is handy when you want to open/close, say, all the top-level groups without disturbing the open/closed state of any groups nested within them.

To open/close all layer groups nested within the current one: Opt-click the arrow next to the group

This is nice when you want to open/shut a bunch of nested groups, without affecting any that lie outside the target group.

To open/close all layer groups, period: Cmd-Opt-click the arrow next to a group

So, to keep things simple: when in doubt, Cmd-Opt-click a group’s arrow and you’ll collapse/expand all groups.

*On Windows please substitute Ctrl for Cmd and Alt for Opt.

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that was easy – Flavius Frantz Jan 18 '12 at 17:17
This just mildly blew my mind. Thanks for the answer and highlighting the different options. – kontur Aug 3 '14 at 9:02

(For PC & CS5) Ctrl + Left Click on the small arrow will expand collapse the top most folders in the layers pallet but will not expand sub folders within these.

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