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When I select a layer, it would be nice if the layer list scrolls so that the selected layer is visible in the layers panel. Another thing to consider is whether it would be nice to auto-expand collapsed groups if you select a layer. But this is secondary – I understand the complex UI considerations here :-).


See Bohemian Coding’s Sketch for the kind of behaviour I mean.


This could really help to make Affinity Designer a more productive tool for me.

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Hello Xavez,

Welcome to Affinity Forums :)

This has been requested quite a few times already. Although not planned/considered yet, there's a chance it may be implemented in a future version.

Check out Affinity Designer's roadmap for more info on what's coming.

Thanks for your feedback!

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Xavez, you probably already know about this, but if you have selected something in a layer, if you right-click on it to pop up the contextual menu, the last item on that menu is "Find in layers Panel," which will scroll the layers panel to its layer, expanding as necessary to show it if it is a collapsed child layer.


Not quite what you want but it can be a real timesaver for documents that have lots of layers.

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