In this movie I'll show you how to both expand and collapse every single group as well as every single layer effect in Smart Filter inside the Layers panel. So the idea is this, once you start amassing a ton of layers inside of a document things can get very gnarly here inside the Layers panel. With some groups open and some groups closed and some effects expanded and others collapsed and so forth. And typically, what you do is you just expand and then collapse one item at a time.
For example, we'll go ahead and scroll up my list here. And I'll click on the little triangle there. To twirl the eye bags subgroup closed. And then I'll continue to scroll up the list and I'll twirl close the eyes group that contains that subgroup as well. Now everything is nice and tidy inside the panel. Now, if I were to expand just the eyes group, then I would reveal the contents of that group, but that subgroup would remain closed because that was its last state. What if instead you want to expand everything? Well what you do is, you press the Ctrl key or the Cmd key on a Mac and you click on one of these triangles for any one of the groups.
And that will go ahead and expand everything as you see here. So every single group is now expanded. And again, that's a function of Ctrl+Clicking, or on the Mac, Cmd+Clicking on the little triangle in front on any one of the groups. If you want to collapse every single one of the groups then you Ctrl+Click or Cmd+Click on any one of those triangles again and as you can see they're now all collapsed. Compare this to, if I go ahead and expand everybody once again by control clicking or command clicking on one of those triangles.
Compare that to expanding and collapsing effects. So if I were to just click on this down-pointing triangle on the far right side of the layers panel. I'd go ahead and expand the layer effects that are assigned to this specific layer. If this were a smart object and it had smart filters assigned to it, I would also see a list of those smart filters. If I click what is now an up-pointing arrow head. Then I'll collapse that single layer. If you want to expand every single layer inside the panel then you press the Alt key or the Option key on a Mac.
Not Ctrl or Cmd this time, it's Alt or Option. And notice if I Alt or Option click that arrow head, now I can scroll down the list and I'm seeing every single layer effect revealed. If you want to hide them once again, you press the Alt key or the Option key on a Mac and click what is now an up-pointing arrowhead in order to collapse every single one of those effects. Now you may wonder well, why in the world is it Ctrl or Cmd+Click for groups and it's Alt or Option+Click for effects and smart filters.
Here's the reasoning. One final keyboard trick that I want to share with you. I'll go ahead and control click or command click on the triangle in front of that clothing group. Although it could have been the triangle in front of any of the groups, for that matter, in order to collapse them. If you press both the Ctrl and Alt keys or Cmd and Option on the Mac and click one of these triangles in front of any one of the folders then you're not only going to expand the groups but you're also going to expand the layer effects and the smart filters.
And then of course if you want to collapse everything so you have the ultra tidy view of your objects here inside the layers panels, then you press and hold the Ctrl and Alt keys or Cmd and Option on the Mac. And click on a triangle, in front of any one of the folder icons. And that's how you expand and contract all groups, as well as all layer effects and smart filters, here inside the Layers panel.
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