When I have several files with changes, but only want to commit two, I can simply select those two items in the changed files pane and those are the ones that are selected in the commit dialog
When I only want to commit one file, if I repeat these steps, all of the files in the commit dialog will be selected, rather than the one that is highlighted.
Is there a way to disable the "all files selected by default" behaviour?
You can right click the single file and select 'Commit' to just commit a single file, or use the 'Commit Selected' option in the Repository menu, which has a keyboard shortcut of Cmd-Alt-C.
About the default behaviour - SourceTree assumes that when you select just a single file, you're browsing but probably still want to commit everything, but when you select more than one, you're looking for a context action. The Commit Selected action disables those 'smarts' and always does the selection.
Cmd-Alt-C solves my workflow problem. Thanks!
There's still a usability problem with the behaviour though. There appear to be three scenarios for translating selections to the commit dialog:
Scenarios 1 and 3 are fine. Scenario 2 is counter-intuitive. The outcome for scenario 2 should be the same as 3.
I actually disagree with that. This is because I *always* have one file selected in the file view (it's the default, and I also use it for browsing diffs), but I also want to commit everything 99.9% of the time regardless of this. Having to Cmd-A to extend the file selection before committing every time would be a major PITA to me. That's why the behaviour is like it is. For selections of 2+ files, it's obvious that the sub-selection was deliberate and not just a by-product of browsing.
If you prefer the alternate approach, then you can customise the toolbar by right-clicking and selecting Customize Toolbar..., then dragging off the 'Commit' button and replacing it with 'Commit Selected'. You can also use the Cmd-Alt-C shortcut, and you can also right-click and select 'Commit' which also ties to the selection even at 1 file.
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