2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 4, 2010 11:26 AM by Kurt Gold

    Layer palette not maintaining state, what to do??

    GeorgeRudd Level 1

      Problem: Layer palette chages state between the closing and reopening of a file.

       

      What I would like to be able to do is open a .ai file and have the layer palette exactly the way the way I left it when I closed the file. Currently upon reopening a file many of the layers will be fully expanded and I have to go through and collapse them all.

       

      Is there a way to force Illustrator to maintain layer palette state between file sessions?

       

      Thanks.

        • 1. Re: Layer palette not maintaining state, what to do??
          Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

          No. That's just the way it is. Has been forever this way.

           

          Mylenium

          • 2. Re: Layer palette not maintaining state, what to do??
            Kurt Gold Adobe Community Professional

            The behaviour - or the issue - has been introduced in Illustrator 9, the first version which included nested layers. The behaviour has been legitimately criticised pretty often.

             

            However, if you want to collapse/expand all layers in one step you might consider converting your main layers into sublayers. That is:

             

            • Create a new 'master layer' on top of the entire stack of main layers

             

            • Drag all main layers onto the master layer in order to make them sub layers of the master layer

             

            • Now you can Alt/Option Click the triangle on the left-hand side of the master layer in order to collapse or expand all sublayers

             

            Of course, this way is only applicable if using sublayers is an option for you.