I'd like to select a number of layers within the layers panel. Usually this is done by manually CMD + Clicking / Shift + Clicking the layers. To increase speed and productive though I prefer to say clear from the mouse. Is there a way this can be done without my hands leaving the keyboard?

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Shift+Option/Alt+[ (or ])

This will select layers while walking up or down (depending upon [ or ]) the layer stack in the Layers Panel.

There is no way to skip a single layer with this method. The layer selection will always be contiguous.

Let go of Shift to simply move up and down within the Layers Panel and highlight only one layer.

  • Amazing thanks! Is there way to deselect? So in other words If I'm at the topmost layer and wanted to deselect the following 2. Cycling through using the first shortcut didn't seem to do the trick. Commented Jul 2, 2014 at 15:28
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    You can't de-select with the keyboard other than to let go of shift and de-select everything but one layer. It's not perfect by any means. But as far as I know, this is the only way to highlight multiple layers in the Layers Panel with the keyboard.
    – Scott
    Commented Jul 2, 2014 at 15:29
  • Does that also apply for deselecting all as well? Commented Jul 2, 2014 at 15:29
  • No. If all layers are selected, you need a click to deselect.
    – Scott
    Commented Jul 2, 2014 at 15:31
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    You're very welcome. :) Just in case... Adding Command/Ctl with the [ and ] will move layers, if you aren't aware of that. And Command/Ctrl + Option/Alt will duplicate layers.
    – Scott
    Commented Jul 2, 2014 at 15:36

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