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What does the round dot in group icons in the layers panel mean?

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The dot means the layer is visible; if you click on it, it hides the layer ... & while the dot is still there, its contrast with the background is so low that it looks like it too has vanished.

Tip: if you hover the pointer over the dot for a bit, a tooltip will pop up telling you it is "Toggle Visibility".

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I think the question concerns the white dot on the folder icon, on the left…

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The Icons change depending on content.

  • groups without any visible layers show group symbol with empty symbol
  • groups with adjustments only show symbol for adjustments
  • groups with any vector or bitmap content show a thumbnail preview

The actual symbols could be OS or Affinity Version dependent.



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5 hours ago, ZhangX said:

Some of my Group icons in designer's layers panel have a round dot within them. Some others do not.
What is the difference?

The dot indicates the group contains at least one mask and no other type of object. You will see the same dot on a mask's thumbnail.

The blank indicates the group contains at least one vector or raster object. It may also contain other types of objects. The Layers panel burger menu has an option for displaying a preview of the group's content in the thumbnail.

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