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Keyboard Shortcuts

In the early days of desktop publishing software, programmers figured it was good enough to assign various keyboard shortcuts to menu items. Even if the keyboard shortcut (which engineers abbreviate KBSC) made no sense, we users were forced to memorize it if we were to become efficient. Today, the times they are a changin', at least for some programs. While QuarkXPress is still living in the dark ages, Photoshop CS now lets you edit every keyboard shortcut to your own liking, and even add shortcuts where there weren't any before. (Actually, you can't edit every shortcut; while the documentation says you can edit the shortcuts in the File Browser, the currently-shipping version doesn't yet let you do this.)

Of course, the ability to change keyboard shortcuts is great for users, but wreaks havoc for those of us who write books about the software! Throughout this book we describe the keyboard shortcuts in the Photoshop Defaults set. (Someday you'll know you're really living in the future when you change your shortcuts and our book—printed on “digital paper”—automatically updates.)


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