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It would be very nice if you could collapse all layers at once in the layers panel. Layers become very difficult to work with when you have many of them since selecting objects expands the parent layer, so you have to scroll back up and manually collapse them yourself.

Perhaps you could have it so that layers are only expanded for as long as the item within it is selected? That way, after deselecting an object, the layer expansion goes back to its previous state, which is ether expanded or collapsed. Am I making any sense?

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I agree being able to collapse all layers and groups would be a useful feature. However I think it would get annoying if layers were popping opened and closed as you are selecting things. 

I usually disable the "Show Selection in Layers Panel" option in the User Interface section under Preferences when I don't want to deal with many many layers and groups in the layer panel. 
If I then want to find a selected object I can just right click and "Find in Layers Panel"


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The solution is like Adobe Illustrator.  A regular layer is like  a parent layer.  All the objects you draw will fall on that layer until you decide to make a new one.  You can tip the layer down and see all of the sub layers, one for each object.  After hours of work, I have maybe 3 or 5 layers.  No scrolling unless I decide to tip a layer and see all of the sub layers.  Having it expand constantly with no control over it must suit some kind of work flow that I don't know about.

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On 2/18/2019 at 9:33 PM, serpenteagle said:

It would be very nice if you could collapse all layers at once in the layers panel. Layers become very difficult to work with when you have many of them since selecting objects expands the parent layer, so you have to scroll back up and manually collapse them yourself.

Perhaps you could have it so that layers are only expanded for as long as the item within it is selected? That way, after deselecting an object, the layer expansion goes back to its previous state, which is ether expanded or collapsed. Am I making any sense?

This + it'd be great if we could collapse all layers, like in Sketch for example where you just hold option/alt before tapping the arrow next to the layer in order to collapse all the sub-layers and groups inside the parent layer.

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+1, I'm new to Affinity and this is a feature I would love. I use layering to organize work for others also, so more layer controls = big help.

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I'd love this feature, too. I would like it to be like in Excel when you have multiple layers in a structured order, and can choose to unfold or collapse the first/second/third order of layers (by clicking a small arrow on top).

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I agree. Every object drawn on a layer becomes an element/sublayer. I don't need to see them all, especially when using brush strokes or doing illustration. I only need to see the primary layer that I am working on.

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