Keyboard shortcuts for the Layers panel

This list includes the most helpful shortcuts. You'll find additional shortcuts in menu commands and tool tips.



Mac OS

Set layer options

Alt-click New button

Option-click New button

Delete without confirmation

Alt-click Trash button

Option-click Trash button

Apply value and keep text box active

Shift + Enter

Shift + Enter

Load layer transparency as a selection

Control-click layer thumbnail

Command-click layer thumbnail

Add to current selection

Control + Shift-click layer

Command + Shift-click layer thumbnail

Subtract from current selection

Control + Alt-click layer thumbnail

Command + Option-click layer thumbnail

Intersect with current selection

Control + Shift + Alt-click layer thumbnail

Command + Shift + Option-click layer thumbnail

Merge visible layers

Control + Shift + E

Command + Shift + E

Create new empty layer with dialog

Alt-click New Layer button

Option-click New Layer button

Create new layer below target layer

Control-click New Layer button

Command-click New Layer button

Activate bottom/top layer

Alt + .(period)/ ,(comma)

Option + .(period)/ ,(comma)

Select next layer down/up

Alt + [ or ]

Option + [ or ]

Move target layer down/up

Control + [ or ]

Command + [ or ]

Merge a copy of all visible layers into target layer

Control + Shift + Alt + E

Command + Shift + Option + E

Merge down

Control + E

Command + E

Copy current layer to layer below

Alt + Merge Down command from the panel pop-up menu

Option + Merge Down command from the panel pop-up menu

Copy all visible layers to active layer

Alt + Merge Visible command from the panel pop-up menu

Option + Merge Visible command from the panel pop-up menu

Show/hide all other currently visible layers

Alt-click the eye icon

Option-click the eye icon

Toggle lock transparency for target layer, or last applied lock

/ (forward slash)

/ (forward slash)

Select all text; temporarily select Type tool

Double-click text layer thumbnail

Double-click text layer thumbnail

Create a clipping mask

Alt-click the line dividing two layers

Option-click the line dividing two layers

Rename layer

Double-click the layer name

Double-click the layer name

Add to layer selection in Layers panel

Shift + Alt + [ or ]

Shift + Option + [ or]

Copy the mask from one layer to another, and ask to replace if the mask is already present   Alt + drag layer mask Alt + drag layer mask