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I NEED MY DUMB QUOTES AGAIN

In all previous versions of Photoshop, when you typed in a quotation mark (“) or apostrophe ('), what Photoshop gave you was the straight-up-and-down inch mark (") or foot mark (') instead. They're called “dumb quotes.” Luckily, back in Photoshop 7.0, Adobe brought these typographically challenged dummies into line, and now they're properly applied as “curly quotes” by default, which is great. That is unless you have to actually type an inch mark or a foot mark. Here's the workaround—when it comes time to type in an inch or foot mark, go under the Photoshop menu, under Preferences, and choose General (in Windows, Preferences can be found under the Edit menu). In the General Preferences dialog, turn off Use Smart Quotes, and then type in your characters. When you're done, return to the General Preferences and turn them back on to bring typographic order to your world.

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