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Fri, Apr 8, 2011 8:43 PM

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Photoshop: How do I load keyboard shortcuts that I've saved?

Keyboard Shortcut and Menus dialog box needs an updating. While you can save Shortcut sets, there is no mechanism to load previously saved sets. This doesn't make sense. The only way to load a saved set is to go into the Finder (Mac platform) and double click the file to have it load in PS. Once it does appear in the dialog box the Set is renamed to: Photoshop Defaults (modified). HUH!!! The dialog is flawed and needs some love and attention from the PS engineers.

One more little rant. I might be in a very small minority but I prefer to use Legacy Channel Shortcuts. I'm appreciative of the PS team for leaving this in PS5 as an option however I question why the checkbox for this option is stuck in Keyboard Shortcuts and Menus dialog box. It seems it would be better placed in the general Preferences dialog or perhaps in the Channels Panel Options dialog.

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195.8K Points

9 years ago

After you save a set of keyboard shortcuts, that set is added to the menu of available shortcut sets. Yes, you can also double click the file in the Finder/Explorer to have it loaded as well.

Yes, there is a bug in the legacy shortcut checkbox in CS5. You still need to use the plugin or registry key to enable the legacy keyboard shortcuts. I have already fixed that for the next major release of Photoshop.

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138 Points

9 years ago

Thanks, Chris. Good news.

The shortcuts are not listed on my system because they didn't originate there. I keep my action sets and shortcuts on a thumbdrive, so I can move them from system to system.

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398 Points

4 years ago

It is now FIVE YEARS LATER, and this STILL IS NOT FIXED.

That is pathetic. Look at this, there's still no way load saved keymaps. WTF?

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These keyboard shortcuts are loaded the same way any file is loaded in Photoshop.  By default, the files are saved to the correct location, but if you want to save them elsewhere, well, we won't stop you.  But then you need to know where you saved them to use them.  Just like an image file.  And, just like an image file, you double-click and it opens.

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398 Points

Mmmm no. You can load an image file by using Photoshop's File menu.

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60 Points

a month ago

-I copied my 'kys' file that I had previously saved.

-Then I went into Photoshop and did a save as of the current keyboard settings. When the 'Save As' dialog box popped up, I pasted my 'kys' file in the file folder (C:\Users\****\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5.1\Presets\Keyboard Shortcuts) that appeared in the preview window then canceled the 'save as'.

-Then I closed Photoshop and reopened it.

-Afterwards, I opened my keyboard shortcuts setting dialog box up again and finally had my personalized Keyboard Shortcuts show up in the 'SET:' dropdown menu as an option.

SAME PROCEEDURE FOR THE MENU (MNU) SETTINGS

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Yep. And this hack has persisted in released software for how many years now?

This thread is NINE YEARS old. Think about it.

Adobe's excuse for their software-rental scheme was that it would provide more revenue to fix bugs in a timely manner. But they haven't fixed this obvious and low-complexity defect in a decade.

This behavior made it easy to cancel Adobe and not look back years ago.

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You don't need to do all that.

In any version reasonably recent version of PS the following works (I just verified but encountered no new bugs):

To load a NEW set of keyboard shortcut, just double-click the .KYS file.  If you had a set that wasn't saved, you'll be prompted to save it first.

To save a set of keyboard shortcuts, click the first button to save under the current set name (and location) and the middle icon to save under a new name (and potentially new location) that you choose.  This works EXACTLY like saving a file; you need to know where you put it if you put the file in a different place.

"But I want to load (my coworker's) shortcuts!" -- okay, have your coworker save out a .KYS file and give it to you.  Now double-click on it.  You have them all.  You want to save them?  Okay, see the previous paragraph.  If you don't want to save them, either go back to the default OR ANY OTHER SET YOU'VE SAVED from the dropdown list (populated by the contents of your KYS directory, so if you save them in the right place, you'll see them here).

I'm truly not trying to be difficult; I don't see a bug.

Thanks,

David

p.s. -- I'm happy to discuss this more if you're seeing something different or have a different perspective.

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138 Points

The bug is that the Adobe application offers no way to load a file that it saved. It offers a way to save them, but no way to load them. That's like Word offering a way to save documents, but no way to load them. Or Photoshop offering a way to save a file, but no way to open it.

 

If you have to have this explained again, you're in the wrong business.

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72 Points

Seems to work fine for me as Dmohr described, but the fact that I had to google how to load a shortcut file in the first place, and found a thread with a bunch of people wondering the same thing, kind of shows the real issue - It is very unintuitive, and there is no popup or notification to let you know it has even done anything, not great. 

Would be way better if there was just a load icon next to the save ones, and I could select the file like in most other software out there. But thanks for the help, much appreciated. 

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398 Points

Adobe will continue to pretend that it's somehow fine to have a Save button without a Load button.

At this point, just cancel them. Move on to a company that doesn't mock you from day to day.

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72 Points

Sadly I think this is the least of the issues with Adobe as a company.. - and why I have moved over to Krita, which frankly I feel is just better software, regardless of the pricing (or lack of industry monopoly). I now only use photoshop out of necessity for professional work where i need to share the files, as it is our office standard.

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