by Julieanne Kost
The Auto Select Layer/Group feature is found in the Options bar when the Move tool is selected. By default, the Auto Select feature is set to Auto-Select Groups (as opposed to Auto-Select Layer). To change this behavior, with the Move tool selected, check the Auto-Select box in the Options bar and choose Layer from the pull-down menu.
To use Auto Select, simply click in the image area over the desired layer to select it. To select additional layers, add the Shift key while clicking. If the Move tool is selected, holding Command (Mac) / Control (Win) temporarily activates the Auto-Select feature.
In addition, you can also select a layer using the context sensitive menus; Control (Mac) / Right Mouse (Win) -click in the image area over the desired layer and select it from the list.