Space Bar Hand Move & CMD-Space Zoom Not Working—CS5

Community Beginner ,
May 15, 2010 May 15, 2010

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Today, all of a sudden, two of my most used functions—holding down the space bar to move the image around and holding down CMD-space bar to zoom—just up and quit on me (I do like the "Scrubby" but it took a little getting used to. It's very touch screen-esque).

I did all of the normal trouble shooting such as deleting the prefs, relaunching, restarting, etc. Nothing. The functions work fine in the other CS5 programs.

Anybody else come across this? I checked through all of the prefs thinking that perhaps I accidentally changed something but I couldn't find anything. If all else fails, I'll do an uninstall/reinstall but only as a last resort.

I did notice that Adobe finally fixed the Distort (in Full Screen Mode) bug that was killing me in CS4.

Thanks for any help.

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May 15, 2010 May 15, 2010
Check the OS shortcuts in System Preferences, especially the keyboard->Keyboard Shortcut settings, and Universal Access.  The modifier spacebar keys are frequently used to change localized keyboard settings.

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Adobe Employee ,
Oct 20, 2015 Oct 20, 2015

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Hi James,

Have you tried the solutions in this document? Keyboard shortcuts stop working in Photoshop

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 30, 2015 Sep 30, 2015

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In my case, it was Webroot Antivirus causing conflict. Shut it down and space bar in Photoshop started working again.

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New Here ,
Oct 27, 2015 Oct 27, 2015

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Disabling Webroot and Sophos did not help. Still working through other suggestions. Please keep thread open!

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 30, 2015 Oct 30, 2015

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For me, it's a delay problem :

When the CMD+Space with the click of my trackpad or the pen from my tablet doesn't work, it's not a total missfunction, but a delay problem. Try it : when you make this shortcut (CMD+SPACE+Click), stay with your "click" pressed on and make the zooms gesture : after 2/3s, the mouvement is unlocked, and works fine if you stay pressed.

So, lag/delay problem ?

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Explorer ,
Dec 16, 2015 Dec 16, 2015

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I regularly have this problem and everyone on the office does too. Lots of attempts to solve it, have everything else shut down, using scroll wheel on wacom tablet, nothing helps. Then, sporadically, it works again. Total mystery.

Question: being as this is surely on of the most used features in a vector based program - and clearly some people are having issue with the Cmd key conflicting with OS shortcuts etc - why is it not as simple as in photoshop, where, by the very nature of photoshop, there will be a limit to zooming? holding Z to zoom in and out and R to rotate and Esc to rest is so simple, and its an Adobe product?

Things like this are what make people think Illustrator is so frustrating to use, and why other vector drawing and design apps are rapidly gaining ground. Please help, this should be absolutely simple - its a core function.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 03, 2016 Mar 03, 2016

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No hand tool or Command Spacebar zoom in either Photoshop or ID for me. New problem, just cropped up in the last month. Quitting Safari fixed it right up. I think Hulu and however they are implementing Flash or Air in the browser is the problem. Easy fix, once you know.

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Explorer ,
Mar 08, 2016 Mar 08, 2016

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Might have been an easy for you Brian, but I don't use Safari and it hasn't helped me, so something else must also be creating this issue.

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New Here ,
Mar 30, 2016 Mar 30, 2016

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I had this problem as well, just InDesign though (El Capitan 10.11.4 and InDesign 2015.3 Build 11.3.0.34) I was going to do a full system reboot as ekfny suggested so shut down all apps except InDesign, gave it one last try and it was working again so I'm thinking a conflict with some other app is causing the issue. I was running Coda, Airmail and Safari.

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New Here ,
Aug 04, 2016 Aug 04, 2016

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Hi guys, crazy solution, but this actually worked for me.  When the Adobe help desk person suggested it I felt pretty irritated with him, but guess what...  My space bar gets a little sticky.  I have no idea why this only appears to affect me in Photoshop, all I know is the solution - a slightly harder jab at the space bar makes it 'unstuck' and gets the software working again. 

I know it sounds crazy, but it worked for me after much stress and attempts to fix via other more complex means.  Hope this works for you.

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New Here ,
Dec 21, 2016 Dec 21, 2016

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I have the same problem in my photoshop(OS 10.11.6/CC 2015.5) .

And I found that if you turn off Creative Cloud, the problem fixed.

Turn on CC again and it’s still working. Maybe it's some little bug.

Hope this would help.

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New Here ,
Nov 11, 2020 Nov 11, 2020

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Oh my god. You are my hero. This was exactly the right answer: 

 

Check the OS shortcuts in System Preferences, especially the keyboard->Keyboard Shortcut settings, and Universal Access.  The modifier spacebar keys are frequently used to change localized keyboard settings.

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