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Can't perform simple key commands unless layers deselected first in PS 2021

New Here ,
Jul 06, 2021 Jul 06, 2021

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I have an ongoing annoyance that I can't seem to fix. Example: After editing an adjustment layer or two, I want to merge all with the command+shift+E key command. PS will not do it and gives a bleepy warning noise. It will only perform the function if I first click away (deselect layers). Same with other simple actions:  command+save, won't execute until all layers are deselected. I don't recall ever having to do this before so it is a new gift. Anyone got a fix? Thanks in advance.

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Jul 06, 2021 Jul 06, 2021

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I've moved this from the Using the Community forum (which is the forum for issues using the forums) to the Photoshop forum so that proper help can be offered.

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Jul 06, 2021 Jul 06, 2021

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Try resetting the tools and/or preferences.
To restore preferences quickly using a keyboard shortcut:

Press and hold Alt+Control+Shift (Windows) or Option+Command+Shift (Mac OS) as you start Photoshop. You are prompted to delete the current settings. The new preferences files are created the next time you start Photoshop.
Note: Using the keyboard shortcut, preference files for custom shortcuts, workspaces, and color settings will also be reset to default.

from here:

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/preferences.html#restore_preferences

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Hi Peru Bob, so does that mean that something has been turned "on" in preferences to create that need for an extra mouse click? or it's a glitch of some sort. I just worked on a file and it wouldn't even let me Save unless I clicked somewhere in the layers pallet first... twice as many clicks as necessary and it adds up for no good reason Grrrr

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It may be a glitch.  Resetting preferences is usually a good starting point to troubleshoot odd issues.

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