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Chapter 1. Tool and Palette Primer > Editing Keyboard Shortcuts

Editing Keyboard Shortcuts

Have you ever been annoyed to find that Command-I (Mac) and Ctrl-I (Windows) inverts your image instead of bringing up the Image Size dialog box? Or that you have to press Option-Command-P (Mac) or Alt-Ctrl-P (Windows) to bring up the Print with Preview dialog box when Command-P (Mac) or Ctrl-P (Windows) seems much more logical? Well, you can bypass Adobe's logic and apply your own by editing the keyboard shortcuts you use to access tools and menus in Photoshop.

Start by choosing Keyboard Shortcuts from the Edit menu to access the Keyboard Shortcuts editor (Figure 1.128). This is just another section of the dialog box we used to hide and color code menu commands. You navigate in the same way and simply click on the name of a menu command and then type the key combination you'd like to assign to that command. Every keyboard command must involve the Command key on the Mac or Ctrl key in Windows and a single letter, number, or symbol. The only exception is the F keys on the top of your keyboard, which can be used all by themselves. You can add any combination of Shift, Option, or Control (Mac) or Shift and Alt (Windows) to the keyboard shortcuts as well (although the Control key can't be used with F keys on the Mac). If the keyboard command you attempt to assign is already used by another command, Photoshop will warn you and ask if you'd like to undo or accept the change. If you choose to accept the change, then Photoshop will bring you to the command that was previously assigned that keyboard shortcut so you can assign it a new command, or leave it without one. Once you've changed all the keyboard shortcuts that you desire, click the Save Set icon (it looks like a floppy disk and is directly to the right of the Set pop-up menu) and give your newly assigned keyboard shortcuts a name (like “Ben's Favorites”). Finally, click the OK button to start using your reassigned keyboard shortcuts.


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