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Hello,

I got creative cloud with Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign etc.

But my hand tool shortcut with the spacebar isn't working

the hand does appear but when I try to move it gives no reaction

With the shortcut H it works.

I have already reinstalled everything, reset all my tools and reset my warning dialogs.

With my drawing tablet the shortcut also did work, until this morning. It stopped working.

Hope that someone got the answer for me this is pretty annoying I use the hand tool a lot.

Kind regards

Adobe Community Professional
Correct answer by Trevor.Dennis | Adobe Community Professional

Are you saying that the hand tool space bar shortcut has stopped working for all the Adobe apps you mentioned, or just Photoshop?  If you are using a Mac, and have a Wacom tablet, then you should probably rule out the White Window fix.  We have certainly had posts where systems only had one or two of the symptoms associated with the issue, and the White Window plug-in fixed it.

Menus, shortcuts, Lasso tool, or Photoshop stop working when using a Wacom tablet | Mac OS

My gut feeling is that it is not your issue, but it doesn't hurt to cross it off the list.

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Hand tool (spacebar) isn't working

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May 27, 2016

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Hello,

I got creative cloud with Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign etc.

But my hand tool shortcut with the spacebar isn't working

the hand does appear but when I try to move it gives no reaction

With the shortcut H it works.

I have already reinstalled everything, reset all my tools and reset my warning dialogs.

With my drawing tablet the shortcut also did work, until this morning. It stopped working.

Hope that someone got the answer for me this is pretty annoying I use the hand tool a lot.

Kind regards

Adobe Community Professional
Correct answer by Trevor.Dennis | Adobe Community Professional

Are you saying that the hand tool space bar shortcut has stopped working for all the Adobe apps you mentioned, or just Photoshop?  If you are using a Mac, and have a Wacom tablet, then you should probably rule out the White Window fix.  We have certainly had posts where systems only had one or two of the symptoms associated with the issue, and the White Window plug-in fixed it.

Menus, shortcuts, Lasso tool, or Photoshop stop working when using a Wacom tablet | Mac OS

My gut feeling is that it is not your issue, but it doesn't hurt to cross it off the list.

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I already did but didn't work..

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for which problem did you reset pref and were you successful?

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I deleted it for photoshop but didn't work..

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I did this, nothing. I can click and choose the hand tool and it works. but using the space bar, no go.
it shows the hand tool so is obviously active but the space bar short cut does nothing. I can only get it working by manually clicking and switching to the hand tool then back to whichever I was using. Only way to use it would be switching the tool to it by click it or using it's shortcut key, H.

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I tried this too and it didn't work for me.

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Are you using 1Password and/or the 1Password browser extension? There are other threads where 1Password was found to be the culprit. Others say it is Chrome/Firefox/Safari.

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Also already tried but didn't work..

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I've just updated my 1Password and then I got all the funny CS anomalies, like the hand/zoom problems. Removed the extension from Safari and everything is kosher again. Thanks a lot BarbBinder

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Good to know!

~Barb

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It WAS the 1Password app for me. Quit the app, Photoshop hand tool spacebar activation returned. WTH?!

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After seeing this I tried quitting bitwarden. Success! Now when I hold the spacebar I can move the image around. What kind of weird voodoo is that?

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Thanks, I have the 1Password app instaled but no browser extensions. I closed 1Password app and spacebar hand tool works again! At least I know how to sort it now

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This worked for me.  I quit completely the 1Password app in the tray and the hand tool short cut worked again!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Are you saying that the hand tool space bar shortcut has stopped working for all the Adobe apps you mentioned, or just Photoshop?  If you are using a Mac, and have a Wacom tablet, then you should probably rule out the White Window fix.  We have certainly had posts where systems only had one or two of the symptoms associated with the issue, and the White Window plug-in fixed it.

Menus, shortcuts, Lasso tool, or Photoshop stop working when using a Wacom tablet | Mac OS

My gut feeling is that it is not your issue, but it doesn't hurt to cross it off the list.

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For all the adobe programs. It is very annoying

I got windows and this is only for cc 2013, I've got cc 2016

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This did not work for me. I downloaded the plugin, but the handtool shortcut still does not work with my wacom tablet. While pressing the space bar, I can actually see the tool change from a hand to a magnifying glass as soon as I bring my pen close to my tablet surfice. I don't know why it changes to the magnifying glass, but it does. It's very frustrating. 

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Has this ever been solved?  The same thing just happened to me today, first time.  Illustrator and Photoshop both, the space bar does nothing, though the cursor behaves normally otherwise.

I don't have 1Password.

I deleted the prefs for Photoshop, and no change.  (But my interface is back to defaults, so deleting the prefs did do something!  Ugggh.)

I'm on a 2013 Mac Pro, OS X 10.11.2, Photoshop 17.0.0 (CC 2015.5), and this problem popped up out of thin air.  Wasn't doing this two days ago.

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Okay, I quit all browsers and the issue disappeared, proper cursor/spacebar behavior returned.  Safari and Firefox had both been open at the time, though that's certainly been the case before and never resulted in any conflict like this.

Restarting the browsers and re-launching Photoshop did not bring back the issue, so everything appears to be working fine.  Very strange problem.

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Adobe Employee ,
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Perhaps a different extension causing the same problem then?

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It's possible.  The only active extension I have is Video Download Helper, http://www.downloadhelper.net/

The problem hasn't recurred, and I currently have Photoshop and Firefox running simultaneously.  So somehow it was a one-time issue for me.

I did have Acrobat Create PDF as an extension, but it has been disabled by Firefox, which says it could not be verified.  I haven't bothered to look into that.

Firefox 48.0.1, and those are the only two extensions installed.

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Thank you, ssamanen.

This issue suddenly occurred with Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign. I also had both Safari & Chrome open.

Quit Safari, problem gone.

Restarted Safari, problem has not re-ocurred.

No system restart required.

Same thing happened a few months back but can't remember if I fixed it the same way. Drove me mad.

Strange.

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Yea, my spacebar quit also just recently. No longer works with any version of PS or ACR. Not having it in ACR is a killer, as there are no scroll bars, so if you're working zoomed in with say the adjustment brush tool, you can't switch to the hand tool, reposition the display and keep working with the adjustment brush tool, without clicking on the starting anchor point first. Looked through a lot of the suggestions to fix, and haven't come across anything that works. the touchpad delay, doesn't really show up on my system. I've got an Elan touchpad, that has a control for this - to a degree, but after turning the sensitivity down all the away, it still didn't fix the issue. There is no setting in my device manager to turn off the delay, like all these links show. This is what I see:

Tried quitting the browser, but that didn't do anything.

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I have this problem occasionally, it goes away if I turn off my Webroot anti virus.

Mike Maher

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TY worked for me  LMAO soooooo stupid

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Simple solution for all apps SPACEBAR + Fn (FUNCTION KEY ) and double click on canvas....

its done .

You just need to add one more key that is Fn key and your issue will resolve. Enjoy working on all adobe software.

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My shortcuts all stopped working, and after some exploration, the fix was simple as quitting out of SAFARI and Photoshop CC, then opening them up again. Poof, everything worked. Weird, indeed...

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Can confirm! The [spacebar]-mouse drag pan works again after quitting Safari and restarting it.

I didn't delete any preferences or even reboot. Simply quitting Safari brought the functionality back and now all apps are playing nice again. I had run Chrome earlier in the day to use Messenger's video chat features, so maybe there was a conflict hiding in the background but I'm working great again, thank you!

Adobe Creative Cloud 2018

macOS High Sierra v10.13.6

iMac 27" late 2012

3.4 GHz Intel Core i7

32 GB RAM

GTX 680MX 2048MB

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Had the same problem in PS. The Hand tool appeared but just froze when activated using SPCBR. But it worked fine when activated using H or the toolbar icon.

ZUBA STUDIO's solution solved the problem immediately. All I have to do is press SPCBR, then just tap on the Fn key and it begins to work. 

Thank you so much!

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Further Update with Spacebar/Hand tool issue on a laptop:

  1. Fn+SPACEBAR- allows you to move the zoomed canvas.
  2. CTRL+SPACEBAR - allows you to move a shape or a marquee selection while creating it - helps in more precise placement.
  3. ALT+ SPACEBAR - allows you to move a newly placed anchor point with Pen tool - helps in more precise placement.

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I have the same problem as MaritvanHelden. I solved by changing the sensitivity of the touchpad from "media" to "max". I had tried everything but this is the best solution. Thanks Chuck for the suggestion. 😄Cattura.PNG

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This does not work for me. Fn + Spacebar and what function key? 

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Thanx alot...... it really worked

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First press the spacebar and then Fn key.....

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I was having this issue for about a week and discovered today that the culprit was an antivirus software running in the background. So for anyone who is still having this issue, I suggest taking a look at what processes your machine is running and shutting them down to see what might be causing the keyboard shortcut glitches in Creative Suite apps.

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JeffHAmpersand​,

Thanks for posting that solution. MaritvanHelden​ and ssamanen​, can you take a look at your own systems and see if this solution might possibly help you with yours?

Let us know either way how it goes!

Melissa

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Thanks.  The issue has never recurred for me.  I have no anti-virus software, so that wasn't it for me.  It was definitely related to browser use for me, because quitting browsers solved the problem the one time it happened.

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Okay, great!

So it looks like it could either be an browser extension that causes this issue or anti-virus software. Hopefully, this will help MaritvanHelden​ narrow the down the problem.

Thanks to you both for your input!

Melissa

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Well i encountered the same problem, but with safari, no extensions installed

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Quitting browsers did not work for me. I don't even use Safari. 

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Webroot Antivirus was my issue. Shutting it down solved this.

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Weroot elimination solved it for me.

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This worked for me. 

If you are using Webroot, make sure "Pause Secure Keyboard Entry" is Checked.

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