When using the Move tool, I can no longer drag-select layers when my cursor initially clicks on the canvas. However, if I initially click outside of the canvas I can drag-select towards the canvas, a rectangular marquee will appear, and the border to that rectangle successfully selects the layers it touches.

But, when I open a new document I can drag-select with the Move tool no problem.

Any ideas on what's going on? I reset all my tools, restarted Photoshop, and my computer. Still no dice

  • some times the letter "Q" gets press and puts it in Quick-mask mode which could effect this.
    – Brisk
    Oct 16, 2014 at 23:15

2 Answers 2


check auto-select box as shown below

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    May 29, 2017 at 0:19

Sometimes, you mistakenly pressed "Q" key and the page converts into Quick Mask mode. and while dragging any layer on the canvas, you will see red border dragged through.

Make sure that you haven't pressed Q.

Another thing is if in case you have unchecked Auto Select, that works on layers. then also you can not drag the layers.

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