June 07, 2011

How to collapse/expand Photoshop layer groups (folders) at once

Designer Erica Schoonmaker tweeted the other day,

I wish there was a shortcut to collapse all layer folders in Photoshop.

There is! Thanks to Jeff Tranberry, I can now point out the following*:

  • Open/close all layer groups (folders) at the current level of hierarchy: Cmd-click the arrow next to the group
    • This is handy when you want to open/close, say, all the top-level groups without disturbing the open/closed state of any groups nested within them.
  • Open/close all layer groups nested within the current one: Opt-click the arrow next to the group
    • This is nice when you want to open/shut a bunch of nested groups, without affecting any that lie outside the target group.
  • Open/close all layer groups, period: Cmd-Opt-click the arrow next to a group


So, to keep things simple: when in doubt, Cmd-Opt-click a group’s arrow and you’ll collapse/expand all groups.

*On Windows please substitutes Ctrl for Cmd and Alt for Opt.

Posted by John Nack at 8:34 AM on June 07, 2011


  • Michael — 9:29 AM on June 07, 2011

    Just wish that was a recordable command for use in actions.

  • PECourtejoie — 11:52 PM on June 07, 2011

    Michael: voice your request on http://feedback.photoshop.com

  • Fabiano Machado — 6:38 AM on July 26, 2011

    Thanks my friend… you save a lote of time in my work!!! ctrl+alt+Leftclick in group to open and close all groups in Windows!!!

  • Damian — 5:55 AM on July 30, 2013

    !!! Thanks !!!

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