Photoshop: Alt key shorcut, menu activating and beeping

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The Alt key activates the menu. This new behaviour in CS5 is driving me nuts. When you try to zoom with the mouse wheel and Alt if you don't press ESC or Alt again you are confronted with annoying beeping. And let's say use a shortcut like Ctrl+Alt is fine but if you press it the other way Alt+Ctrl again activates the menu. This was not the case in previous version of PS, it woulb be nice if this is fixed.
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Peter Achim

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what is baffling is I used to use CS6 and only recently bought CC. I have never had this issue till I switched to CC. I feel like I might change back to CS6 since it works. Fix it guys please.
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Hi Peter,

As commented earlier, nothing has changed on Photoshop or Windows' side -- this has been a standard behavior for literally decades and, quite frankly, is a requirement for the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Perhaps you didn't notice it, but I can assure you, it was there.

Thanks,
David
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I think you are missing the point, you can respect the "Americans with Disabilities Act" while fixing the issue, let me explain.

When you press ALT you get the accelerator keys, so perfect boom, you are fully into the "Americans with Disabilities Act".

The problem arises with the implementation when you activate the ALT menu and then press a key that isn't in the menu, let's say for example the x key, it's annoying because you get the beep sound each time you press x, the problem is that ALT gets stuck until you press it again or press ESC or click somewhere else.

For example try the same with Notepad (I use Windows 10), what is their implementation? You activate the ALT menu and get the accelerator keys, then press a letter that is not in the menu like x and what happens? The first time you press x you get the beep but right after that, if you press x again the ALT menu gets disabled and the focus is restored to your active window and can start typing again.

This is a much better way of implementing ALT accelerator keys and you don't annoy your users with a stuck ALT menu and beeps.

For people still having this issue after so many years (my post is from 5 years ago!). I have found a nice workaround without having to install anything, just configure Windows as I say...

Right click the "sound" icon in your Notifications Area (or Taskbar), Click on "Sounds", in the sounds Tab find "Default Beep", in the "Sounds:" dropdown, right at the top select "(None)" and click "Ok".

That should disable that beep alert in Windows and therefore PS too, it also disables the annoying beep you get everytime you change the volume so two birds one stone. :)
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Jaroslav Bereza

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I have Idea... we could create program which will send comment "Oh crap" into this thread instead playing beeping menu sound :-D

Can we detect which program require file with beeping sound? We would set unique file for this event.

I guess we could overload server and database :-D
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Lisa Müller

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Hey guys, I found this small tool on deviantart and it worked well for me. I have win10 64bit and Photoshop CC2015.5. Download from Deviantart: https://millionart.deviantart.com/art/Adobe-Photoshop-assistant-160950828 or Github https://millionart.github.io/Apssistant/
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Ashe Lewis

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Lisa. Lisa.

As I mentioned earlier this program is generally okay but I've seen it wig out like a mofo on multiple machines. Sure it'll work for a while. Days, months,  maybe years. Then one day Millionart's little app will somehow spark sentience. Our man Jeff Goldblum wasn't messing around in the hit 1993 film Jurassic Park when he taught Dr. Grant and America at large that life finds a way. Sure, in Independence Day he taught us that he doesn't grasp how computer programs work any better than Bill Pullman grasps how to be play a president, but that's beside the point. APssistant becomes a virus that must feed, replicating faster than Osmosis Jones on penicillin and munching through ram with more zeal than Teddy Bear the porcupine when he munches on his pumpkins.  No joke, Jaroslav's pseudo-DDOS attack idea in the comment above will look like Foster Home for Imaginary Friends compared to what'll be left of your task manager once APssistant has finished ravaging it.

I've also elected to spend my evening typing comments like this in Photoshop Family Community rather than doing literally anything else, so take my word with a grain of salt.

Forever Adobe's David's-- our software god dutifully watching down on us Official Rep, our provider, and our sword in the darkness
Ashe Lewis~
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I have this (or something similar) in the newest PS CC2018 on Win10.

In PS CC2017 alt-hotkeys work just fine, but in CC2018:
- if I use hotkeys that have ctrl and alt and press-and-hold alt a little bit faster than ctrl, the hotkey doesn't work (example: alt+ctrl+i for image size), if I first press ctrl, hotkey fires as it should;
- hotkeys with alt (and alt+shift) first do system BEEP and then execute on the second press. Examples: alt+backspace (fill with foreground color), any blending mode switching hotkey (alt+shift+o for overlay, alt+shift+n for normal, etc);
- AHK remapped keys that use shortcuts with alt (!) stopped working.

I tried: 
- disable all 3rd party extensions and utilities;
- use AHK to disable alt-menu (https://superuser.com/questions/1086805/windows-10-how-to-disable-menu-bar-toggle-by-pressing-alt)

Could you please check this?
Thanks,
Sergey.
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Jaroslav Bereza

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Mouse scrolling and clicking is now disabling menu focus. That's good. Thanks :-)
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Tricia Cunningham

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The problem is worse than before for me, installed 19.0 yesterday. Alt+delete shortcut activates the top menu and doesn't fill, and the brush blending mode shortcuts all "ding" and don't work. They work if I press the keys a second time without lifting Alt.
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Hey Jaroslav,

Could you please clarify what you're seeing with mouse scrolling and clicking?  We're aware that something broke, but I'd like to make sure we're actually aware of the permutations.

Thanks,
David
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Jaroslav Bereza

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Alt down > alt up > menu activated > mouse scroll > menu deactivated. Works as expected :-) Same for mouse click.
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Jaroslav Bereza

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Btw:  Alt + Backspace doesn't works for me. In prev versions this changed colors for layers. It could have some realation with menu.
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Cristen Gillespie

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I'm getting the feeling that this proves that fixing one thing breaks another.<sigh>
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Chris Magee

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I use fill opaque with ctrl/alt shift del all the time. Now i have to do it twice and hear the annoying chime after the first try... According to cloud i have the latest.

Adobe Photoshop Version: 19.0 20170929.r.165 2017/09/29: 1138933  x64
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1 year later, subscription version still shows a menu! ?