Is there a way to copy all the text within a Photoshop text layer without having to "open" the layer.

I'm hoping there's a way that I can just select the layer and then have some shortcut that copies all the contents of the text layer without having to use the Text Tool or double-clicking the layer.

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Not that I'm aware of. You have to select the text. Any other copy operation will copy pixel data, not text.

You could also double-click the thumbnail icon in the Layer Panel for the text layer. This will highlight all the text on that text layer. Then it's a simple matter of copying.


Yeah you need to enter edit mode to copy text as far as I know.

However, if your purpose of copying text is to use it in another (or in the same) photoshop file, you could always duplicate the layer.

Shortcut to duplicate the layer within the same Photshop file: Ctrl + J

Also see Step 1 in this answer to quickly duplicate the layer into a new file.

  • I know about duplicate layer. Thank you. I ask because for web development sometimes that's the only place to get copy and when transferring from PS to code would be a lot easier to not have to open the layer each time. Nov 25, 2013 at 18:41

The following script will help to copy text directly from layer.


note: Only works above CS6

Copy Script into Photoshop script folder and assign a shortcut and enjoy. Saves a lot of time.


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