I am following a Photoshop tutorial for designing web pages. And after I used the slice tool, I could not delete the following 01 slice. The View->Clear Slices is grey, and right clicking the slice shows grey delete slice option. After promoting this auto-slice into user-slice, the delete slice option is accessible, but after deleting the promoted user-slice, I get back the auto-slice.

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How do I manage to delete this slice? I am using Photoshop CS5.

  • I do not know why but the slice accidently disappeared.
    – Jichao
    Commented Jan 19, 2011 at 2:40
  • If you reopened the file the slice should have disappeared. If you have your first slice selecting the whole area I don't think there's a way to get rid of it. Commented Jan 19, 2011 at 4:05
  • @MickNGarrett: Yes, i reopened the file and the slice disappeared. No, I didn't select the whole area as the first slice. I select part of the image as the first slice, and then Photoshop generated the other slices automatically. But after I deleted the first slice, the 01 slice remained.
    – Jichao
    Commented Jan 19, 2011 at 4:13
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    Right. So you deleted all but the first slice. You can't delete that one once you've gotten started with slices unless you reopen the file. That's just the default behavior. Either ignore it or reopen the file. Commented Jan 19, 2011 at 4:19
  • @MikeNGarret: repeat your answer in "Your answer". So Jichao can be approved as answerif it is what he needed :)
    – Littlemad
    Commented Jan 21, 2011 at 2:28

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You can't delete the slice that remains once you've deleted all other slices. You need to reopen the file to hide it. That's just the default behavior. Either ignore it or reopen the file.

  • This is not the way. It doesn't work unsurprisingly.
    – atilkan
    Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 1:16
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    That's correct, atilkan. Things have changed in the last 5 years. Now Photoshop CC has a handy button in the top bar named "Hide Auto Slices." Toggling this button will hide your first slice. Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 14:41

ctrl+h is the most handy thing

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    While ctrl+h hides the slices (or more specifically: what you've specified under the View -> Show), this won't delete it. Commented Feb 18, 2011 at 12:47
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    @koiyu the "main" slice will always be there, it can't be deleted (just hidden), so this is a valid answer.
    – Yisela
    Commented Aug 16, 2012 at 21:06
  • @yisela If it can't be deleted the only valid answer is "It can't be deleted". Hiding is not deleting. Commented Aug 17, 2012 at 5:47

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