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Copy/Paste not working

Community Beginner ,
Oct 19, 2021 Oct 19, 2021

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CTRL/C, CTRL/V used to work for copying and pasting a selection onto a new layer. Now it doesn't work most of the time (but now and then it will). Copy is grayed out in the drop down menu. I can get around this by using Copy Merged, then CTRL/V, but this change interferes with my workflow. Any ideas?

 

Photoshop 22.5.1

Catalina v 10.15.7

3.6 GHz

32GB memory

Radeon Pro 580X 8GB

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Oct 19, 2021 Oct 19, 2021

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without screenshots it's impossible to know what the issue might be. If copy is greyed out, then you're probably selecting a not visible layer.

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Nov 05, 2021 Nov 05, 2021

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I haven't figured out the problem, but I do have some additional information. Copy/Paste still doesn't work - although Copy Merged does - but if I switch from PhotoShop to any other application, then go immediately back into Photoshop, the problem is resolved. Attached are two screenshots taken seconds apart. The first shows I have an active selection on the current layer but copy/paste is grayed out. After switching to any other app then immediately back again, Copy/Paste is no longer grayed out. I am not selecting a not visible layer or an empty layer. Fortunately I can work around it, but it's still a mystery as to why PhotoShop is behaving this way.

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