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Get out of some "could not complete your request..." dialogs by hitting Esc key instead of OK

Community Beginner ,
Oct 30, 2023 Oct 30, 2023

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I often assidentaly try to delete a smart object while having a selection, and the "could not complete your request because the smart object is not directly editable" appears. Then, I have to move my pointer to hit OK, instead of just hitting Esc to get out of the dialog, hit Ctrl + D and get on with my life. 

 

A much easier option is already present in Layer Styles - double clicking on the layer panel opens them, but if you accidentally clicked you can hit Esc and quickly get out. 

 

I think the dialog for smart objects was made to educate new users, but for people who know how smart objects work it's a bit time consuming (at least for people like me who often do the mistake with selection). 

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Community Expert ,
Oct 30, 2023 Oct 30, 2023

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Hi Elena.  We all love to use the keyboard to save time, and while Escape will not cancel out of that warning dialog, we can see that OK is highlighted with the thin blue outline indicating that button is active.  So all you need do is tap on the Enter key and it gows away.

 

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Oct 30, 2023 Oct 30, 2023

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It just struck me that if you do happen to hit the delete key with an active selection and a Smart Object layer selected, then the Enter key couldn't be more convenient — so long as you happen to be using a full size keyboard.

 

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Oct 30, 2023 Oct 30, 2023

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Relevant, thanks. However, I prefer to hit Esc in this case because hitting Enter means I'm approving something.

 

In the example with the Layer Style options if I hit Enter I'm potentially approving changes I don't want to commit. Say I have entered the Layer Style options by mistake - which I sometimes do - the Escape ensures I don't commit to anything. 

 

I think it would be a consistency thing to be able to use both Enter and Escape in both cases, even though one is a dialog box. But that's my POV and also my willingness to do as little movement as possible. 

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