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Cannot move unlocked text layer in Photoshop

Community Beginner ,
Jul 30, 2020 Jul 30, 2020

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Hey all...trying to move a text layer and it won't move. I use the move tool but even though nothing is locked, it won't move. Any ideas?? Thx.

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Community Expert , Jul 31, 2020 Jul 31, 2020

It appears you have auto select layers chosen at the top left option.

Turn it off/uncheck it.

What is happening is when you click it auto selects another layer.

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Community Expert , Dec 16, 2021 Dec 16, 2021

Make sure you are using the Move Tool not the hot key. The option for Auto Select will appear in the Options panel at the top left. That is where you need to change it first.

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Jul 30, 2020 Jul 30, 2020

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Hi there, 

 

Sorry that you cannot move text layer in Photoshop.

 

Please explain the issue you're facing in more detail with a brief description of your workflow? Which version of Photoshop are you using? 

 

Are you moving the text layer to a different document tab? Does the problem occurs with all the documents you work with?

 

Also, please provide a screenshot illustrating the issue so that we can help better. 

 

Thanks, 

Akash

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 31, 2020 Jul 31, 2020

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Thx...using latest PS 2020...here's a screen recording.

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Jul 31, 2020 Jul 31, 2020

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It appears you have auto select layers chosen at the top left option.

Turn it off/uncheck it.

What is happening is when you click it auto selects another layer.

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Community Beginner ,
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Ah! I noticed it would click to other layers when I attempted to move...thank you! 

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Community Expert ,
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Does it move with the arrow keys?

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No

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New Here ,
Dec 16, 2021 Dec 16, 2021

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I have the same issue: selecting a text layer, when I click on the image with the move tool, the selected layer jumps to the top. I can move the text layer with the arrow keys.

I can't find anything that looks like 'auto select layers at the top left option'.

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Dec 16, 2021 Dec 16, 2021

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Make sure you are using the Move Tool not the hot key. The option for Auto Select will appear in the Options panel at the top left. That is where you need to change it first.

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New Here ,
Dec 16, 2021 Dec 16, 2021

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Right after I posted my question, I figured it out (and couldn't figure out how to delete my post).

The answer is that in the Move options panel, uncheck the box "Auto Select Layer". I didn't look there - and can't figure out why the check box exists.

Thanks for getting back to me.

Bob

 

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New Here ,
Dec 17, 2021 Dec 17, 2021

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Is “v” a hot key, or am I about to learn something new about photoshop?--
Robert Smith h: 510.524.0080 m: 510.529.1995

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Community Expert ,
Dec 17, 2021 Dec 17, 2021

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V is the Move tool.

You can use Auto Select, but you have to click directly on the visible text so a different layer is not selected.

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Community Expert ,
Dec 17, 2021 Dec 17, 2021

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If you hold ctrl/cmd on another tool it hot swaps temporarily to the move tool.

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Community Expert ,
Dec 17, 2021 Dec 17, 2021

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Also if you hold "V" down it will switch to the move tool until you release the key. All sorts of little shortcuts you can use.

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Dec 17, 2021 Dec 17, 2021

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There's alway more to the p'shop onion.

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New Here ,
Mar 10, 2023 Mar 10, 2023

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The same has been happenning to me everytime I try to move text along another layer. It's not about auto-select, it's unchecked and both layers keep highlighted. It sucks because I have to align everything again because they just don't move together. If I deselect the text it works, no matter how many layers are still selected. It's just about the text.

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Mar 10, 2023 Mar 10, 2023

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Hi @Vitoria Fantoni you're commenting on a 2 year old resolved thread with older software. If you are having a similar issue, please post a new thread with your details (PS version, OS, etc) so we can help accordingly.

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