I'm working in a very complex Photoshop document with many folders. I'm quite shortcut-savvy and use the square brackets + control and alt keys to select layers, reorder them, etc.

What would make my life much easier is if I could collapse folders using keyboard shortcut instead of collapsing them by clicking on the disclosure triangles.

For instance, if I could select a folder with ALT/OPTION [ , expand it with CTRL + ALT + ] (as an idea), check the contents, and then collapse it again with CTRL + ALT + [ (as an idea), that would make a world of difference to my workflow.

Does anyone know if this kind of shortcut exists?

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Closing groups isn't scriptable and isn't actionable (sorry for the bad news).

You can option-click on a group to collapse or expand everything further down the hierarchy. So, you can close all groups in a document with a single click.

If you'd like a shortcut, I recommend posting on feedback.photoshop.com.


I don't think you can control layer group collapsing in any way other than a mouse click. I don't even think it's scriptable.

Your idea is a good one, but I don't believe there's any way to implement it currently. it would take some alteration on the part of Adobe to allow shortcut assignments or something.


Tab. Or do you still want to see your tools even though you're using shortcuts?

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    Hi kamalo, can you explain how hiding panels, which is what tab does, is useful to this question? It doesn't seem to be even in the general ballpark.
    – Scott
    Mar 15, 2013 at 18:32
  • Tab hides all tools, if he's using short cuts already, he can adjust the view by toggling the tools on an off. (but I have a hunch that you already knew that) Since Adobe doesn't offer short cut assignments or even the capability to script this, I believe that I've provided the best possible answer for his question.
    – kamalo
    Mar 19, 2013 at 20:25
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    Okay..if you say so.... I still don't see what hiding panels has to do with layer group expansion states.
    – Scott
    Mar 19, 2013 at 20:36

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