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Why do custom menu shortcuts require the addition of the ctrl key?

New Here ,
Sep 05, 2020 Sep 05, 2020

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Hi so this requires a little explanation:

 

I draw on a laptop that folds over the keyboard so I don't have access to any keyboard shortcuts, to remedy this I have a custom programmed numpad that I use instead. My college class is having me paint with Photoshop so I'm setting up my shortcuts to match my numpad and when I tried to assign the "undo" command to the letter "a" on my numpad it told me I have to use the ctrl key in my shortcut.

 

Is there any way to bypass this? This is the first time I've ever encountered a drawing program that forces me to use a combination of keys for a shortcut and I have no idea why they would put this limiting factor in place?? I tried searching around on the internet but couldn't find anyone else asking this question so I'm hoping somebody here could give me their thoughts on this.

 

I am incredibly frustrated by this pointless limitation

 

(Attached is a screenshot of the error when I try to make the shortcut for undo just "a")

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 05, 2020 Sep 05, 2020

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"I try to make the shortcut for undo just 'a' "

 

Hi

You can only customize any application in ways that the developers allows customization. The message that you got says you need to include either the Control key or an F key. The keyboard shortcut "A" is assigned to the Path Selection tool and the Direct Selection tool.

 

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This is a user-to-user forum answered by volunteers. You can make this request to Adobe developers here:

https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family

 

~ Jane

 

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New Here ,
Sep 01, 2021 Sep 01, 2021

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The feedback site doesnt exist any more… but this seemingly arbitrary limitation is really frustrating. I am putting together a 128 key control surface for my design applications and would really benefit from being able to add whatever shortcuts I choose. Super frustrating to be required to use command (on mac) in the shortcuts.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 01, 2021 Sep 01, 2021

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This Forum now features »Bugs« and »Ideas«. 

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I fail to see what is so strange about this particular restriction … which naturally doesn’t mean others won’t agree with you … which in turn also doesn’t mean a Feature Request would be implemented … 

But even if pressing cmd doesn’t annoy me I have to concede that Photoshop’s Keyboard Shortcuts are a bit of an unfortunate mix of customisable and non-customisable. 

 

What exactly do you mean by »my design applications«? 

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Sep 01, 2021 Sep 01, 2021

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@nathanc88157032 wrote:

The feedback site doesnt exist any more…


 

In addition to what @c.pfaffenbichler said, the feedback forum merged with this one yesterday on 31 August and you are responding to a post from a year ago when it was a separate forum.

 

I use a lot of software and can only customize what I am allowed to in any of the applications I use. None of them allow total control.

 

Start a new thread and tag it as an Idea.

 

Jane

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