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This is something I always wondered about but never really asked. Say I have a rectangle box, image or other element in photoshop, when I make the desired element active and I check the info panel, The width / height never shows up - Should it?

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When you make a selection, the 'Info' panel should show the width (W:) and height (H:) of the selection. It has to be the active selection, though.

Note: The active selection "marching ants" don't show up in the screen capture.

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…and you can select the contents of any layer by command+clicking it in the Layers palate. – Sidnicious Sep 23 '09 at 17:52
Thanks Robert, How do I make the active selection, I assume I don't just click it? – Keith Donegan Sep 23 '09 at 17:55
I used the Magic Wand tool but there are other ways, like @SidneySM's suggestion above. – Robert Cartaino Sep 23 '09 at 18:14

If you activate the transform tool on a layer (CMD+T or CTRL+T), you'll see that in the top panel, the X/Y position is shown along-side the size, angle, etc.

The size is in Percent by default, but right the field clicking gives you a selection of measurements to pick from, Pixels, in this case.

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Press 'Command-T' to transform the current layer. That will also show it's width and height in the info panel, as per Robert's answer (but more convenient).

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