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P: Ability to disable Alt menu capability

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Participant ,
Aug 30, 2010 Aug 30, 2010

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Is there a way to disable this. I know it is a Windows feature for navigating without a mouse but who really uses PS without a mouse.  If I start to do a key command and press alt then realize I want to do something else I have to hit Escape. If I don't hit escape menus start to drop down when I try to use my tools. I can not stand this navigation feature and it has been bugging me for years. If I remember correctly the Mac version of photoshop does not have this.

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Guru ,
Aug 30, 2010 Aug 30, 2010

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Nope.

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LEGEND ,
Aug 30, 2010 Aug 30, 2010

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Yes there is, but not by Photoshop configuration.  It comes in the form of a workaround app that was developed by Unsigned Code Labs on this forum.  See this thread:

http://forums.adobe.com/thread/670988?tstart=30

-Noel

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Aug 30, 2010 Aug 30, 2010

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This is getting me one step closer. The forum you recommended is about a bug in CS5 with scrolling on the the mouse. I would like to completely disable the alt menu functionality in Photoshop. I do not use it and find it very annoy when I am doing on serious cloning work.

Is there away I can use this AutoHotKey program to disable the alt menu in PS? It seems like it can but I am not familiar with the program.

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LEGEND ,
Aug 30, 2010 Aug 30, 2010

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I'd say you should reply with that question in that thread and ask.  From the sound of things it may do what you want, or maybe Unsigned Code Labs will be willing to fix it up for you or help you fix it up.

-Noel

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 12, 2010 Sep 12, 2010

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download APssistant (r20)

http://code.google.com/p/apssistant/downloads/list

enable "Disable Alt Menu"

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Participant ,
Sep 12, 2010 Sep 12, 2010

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OMG! This works perfect. Thanks. No more annoying alt menu! I can clone in peace again!

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New Here ,
Sep 13, 2010 Sep 13, 2010

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It worked for me too!!

Great tip!! Thanks a lot!!

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LEGEND ,
Sep 13, 2010 Sep 13, 2010

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Not having tried it yet myself, does this workaround affect just Photoshop or does it kill functionality for other apps?

-Noel

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Participant ,
Sep 13, 2010 Sep 13, 2010

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Just photoshop from what I have noticed so far.


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Community Beginner ,
Dec 23, 2018 Dec 23, 2018

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Google code is deprecated, new downloads please go to github:

Releases · millionart/Apssistant · GitHub

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Explorer ,
Jan 08, 2021 Jan 08, 2021

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So here it is 2021, 11 years later. And they seem to have put this feature back in. This time with Adobe Animate. A constant Ding Ding. I am constantly zooming in and out with the hot keys, holding Alt key. Upon which when I release the key, the menu is now selected. Then if I hit any key after that, DING DING...DING DING....its beyond annoying. Especially in a work flow where I am literally hitting this key every 30 sec or more. 

Is there a work around for it now? I can't image that app working now 11 years later. or maybe it does. 

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New Here ,
Feb 09, 2021 Feb 09, 2021

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If you go on the GitHub profile that previous replies linked, and search for APssistant, you can find newer versions.
Works like a charm on my Photoshop CC 2019.

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New Here ,
Mar 31, 2021 Mar 31, 2021

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Thank you so much for the tool, for those wondering, although the repo is all in chinese the software has an english translation. Just dl the release you need. Works with CC 21 for now.

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New Here ,
Jun 26, 2021 Jun 26, 2021

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Hi, idk if you've already fixed it but I had the same problem for months (Adobe Animate 2021) and this video helped. (14) Disable ALT Key Opening Menu Bar | Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop CC 2018 - YouTube

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Advisor ,
Nov 01, 2021 Nov 01, 2021

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yes, the win10 Adobe UX is a bad and terrible joke. Anyone who's spent time using the apps in OSX and then tries using win10 is going to be in for a really bad experience. Photoshop is still a steaming pile of poo all these years later and there's no hope on the horizon. I've been documenting and bugging all the differences between platforms, but Adobe really does not care how horrible Ps is on win10. I'm nearly 100% certain that all their designers only use macs...

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 02, 2021 Nov 02, 2021

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I'm complaining about this issue for almost 10 years now. It is like mapping the controls for gas and brake onto a single pedal and Adobe feels ok with it, since it's supposed to be a feature, not a bug.

Illustrator feels even worse because i am pressing the alt button every second and not just for zooming.

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New Here ,
Nov 19, 2021 Nov 19, 2021

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In Adobe Audition and Adobe Primiere Pro I have an issue with the ALT button activating the menu bar. While working on a project I can easily use hot keys like space and V or R or C to toggle the playback and switch between tools. However, if I touch the alt key for ANY reason such as an Alt+scroll wheel to zoom or scroll on the time, or if I accidentally press Alt instead of Ctrl then the next button I press will open a part of the menu at the top. For example Alt then V will open the view tab. It completely distrupts my workflow!! In doing a bit of research I discovered that this feature is called "Menu Acceleration" and has been a built in feature of the Windows OS for years. I thought it was a "sticky" button problem but that wasn't the solution either.  This is not just a Windows 10 problem and there is no way to turn it off in Windows without altering the coding. There needs to be a way to disable this in Adobe if Windows continues to refuse to allow it to be disabled. PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF EVERYTHING ... just let me use the alt button in peace. 

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