In my company we just upgraded our Photoshop CS6, which I used for the last 6 years, to the newest Version of Photoshop CC.

I think it's quite the same, as a casual user that only does a bit of Webdesign and photo manipulation in it, I can't seem to find many differences

One difference however is driving me a bit crazy. In CS6 I could select a few layers, select the move tool and move all layers by left clicking inside my workspace and drag things around. When I do this in CC, everything gets deselected except the layer where my mouse lands on when I left click, and only this layer gets moved when I drag it around.

Same goes for folders which have a few layers in it. In CS6 I could select the folder layer and drag things around. now it also selects the layer in the folder I land on and only moves this one.

Can I somehow make CC behave like CS6 in this case, or do I have to adapt to the changes?

  • Damn... CS6 is already so much older than I thought. — You can temporarily enable auto select by holding down cmd or ctrl with the move tool active. More about move tool layer select shortcuts
    – Joonas
    Commented Oct 16, 2018 at 7:02
  • @Joonas we're old men, Joonas. Thanks for the link!
    – SimonS
    Commented Oct 16, 2018 at 7:09

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Have a look at the top left of your main window with the Move Tool selected.

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You can choose Auto-select by Layer, Group, or of course, Off.
It sounds like you're used to this being off, so it simply preserves whatever selection you already made in the Layers tab.

  • 1
    Great! exactly what I wanted. Thank you very much
    – SimonS
    Commented Oct 16, 2018 at 6:58

Activating the Move Tool uncheck Auto-Select at the top options menu.

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