Go here: https://code.google.com/archive/p/apssistant/downloads
And download the latest version: APssistant 0.8.0.0.7z
Unpack the zip file -> run config -> disable the things in the hotkey tab (I don't know what they do) -> make sure "disable alt menu" is checked in the "anti-disturb" tab -> In the general tab, press "browse" and find photoshop 2018 (program files -> adobe -> photoshop cc 2018 -> photoshop) and select it.
And there you go, it works as normal again. At least I haven't run into any issues yet.
I consider this to be THE most basic function in Photoshop and for it to become broken by a CC update is... disturbing, to say the least. Please stay focused on keeping the important, basic features of the program working properly instead of adding more bloat and pointless bells and whistles.
See this response from an Adobe
employee in another thread. Here's hoping it gets fixed soon as I rely
heavily on keyboard shortcuts and muscle memory cannot be undone overnight :(
"There is an issue with the Alt+ modifier key on Windows we are investigating. This is not an intentional change."
The alt key has had it is behavior changed in CC2018 and this is disrupting a lot of people's workflow. I doubt this change was intentional.
Now if you hold the alt key, it focus on the application menus (File, edit, ...) instead of listening for the rest of the shortcut. So if you want to use any alt related shortcuts, you need to hit the rest of the keys twice without letting go of alt - once to clear the focus on the menus, the second one for the shortcut to actually work.
Related and very popular shorts disrupted by this change are ctrl+alt+Z, or alt+backspace (and alt+shift+Backspace).
If you start the shortcut with ctrl, alt behaves properly; It you start the shortcut with alt, the problem occurs. Setting commands to wacom tablet's shortcut keys also seems to be triggering the bad key behaviour and breaking a lot of setups out there.
2018 cc Ctrl Alt W works on occasion, I have to go to file Close All, when I do that with 48 or 50 pics, it increases my time substantially. Is there a fix ?