Photoshop: azerty keyboard shortcut for \ (backslash- show and hide overlay mask) - make it assignable

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https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2628101

I am having an issue with displaying layer overlay, as I am working on a WIN10, PS CC machine, but I am based in Belgium (and using azerty keyboard) and therefor, I cannot reach the \ shortcut.  For me, that is ALT GR+<, which PS does not recognize.  It is driving me crazy! I have read articles and understand the menu shortcut is hidden (that is why I have just spent the last hour searching for it in vain, before I found this article).

 

I have also had to change "change brush size" in order to use my wacom intuos pro tablet some years ago (from "[" or "{" and "]" or "}" to "(" and ")". Does someone know how I can display the mask overlay (in ruby red, as Adobe calls it) for my machine?  Reading the above, I don't fancy changing my keyboard just for PS and having to change it afterwards every time, as I often switch between browsing, emails, PS and LR.

 

My question is thus : Make the backslash key for showing/hiding the mask overlay assignable to another key in Photoshop.
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Yves Crausaz

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Other europeen kyboards too   QWERTZ for Switzerland MAC an PC.... please....
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lwdgrfx

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Have any of you tried an external QWERTY keyboard?
It should work parallel with your regular keyboard. It will on a. PC.
Check this out at Amazon.com

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005EOWBHC/...
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Hi, Robert / I agree that it would be wonderful to be able to assign keys. For right now, if you want a backslash \ you can produce one via your keyboard *numberpad* Using Alt + numberpad 92
as you can see in this table
https://theasciicode.com.ar/extended-...
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Howdy Robert,

This actually came up in a meeting just yesterday.  I just fowarded this thread to all the attendees.  I've also written a feature request for this particular instance.  Hopefully, we can get it addressed soon.

That said, I INVITE more user stories to show why this is important to fix (and give me ammo to make that happen).

Thanks,
David
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There is also the issue of keyboard shortcuts in dialogs/the Properties Panel. 

In Selective Color Adjustments (and Adjustment Layers) one could select Whites, Neutrals and Blacks via shortcut before the composite shortcut was changed to cmd-2, now one apparently can only select them manually. 

Which is naturally inconvenient. 
So I would like those shortcuts to become editable, too. 
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Hello David,

I'm french and I do have an issue with your \ shortcut aka the masking preview or Rubylith preview.
My photoshop tells me to type CTRL + \ but this shortcut does NOT work, because on azerty keyboards, you have to type ALT GR + \ to get that \ sign. And Photoshop does NOT recognize CTRL + ALT GR + \.

This is an important issue because a huge number of users all over the world cannot use this shortcut (probably happens with other shortcuts...).

Could you please let us assign this shortcut in shortcuts preference as a workaround ?

Thank you
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David, look in this forum all requests for the same problem for all keys that are not available on other than the... American QWERTY keyboards. ------[]  <>etc... And this for all Adobe software, this is a real problem for us... Among other things when one wishes to use a WACOM Tablet where shortcuts for functions are needed to define the workings. Then please send a good team and solve these problems once!

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As with everybody else in this thread, The absence of shortcuts is particulary annoying for those of us who do not use and american qwerty keyboard (And since the keyboard is one of the largest footprints on the physical desktop, a second keyboard is not practicable  .... quite apart from the confusion as to which keyboard you are currently using!)  And as with one of the other folks here, if you are using a tablet not having keyboard shortcuts means taking you eye off what you are doing in order to invoke functionality from a drop down menu -> massive productivity/creativity hit

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Same here. 
Indeed, all the keyboard shortcut system is #$@# !
It's bad to say, but this is something that's way beter on Gimp.

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