Photoshop: Changing tools with keyboard

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Possibility to change Tools without using mouse, I mean changing tool only with keyboard. For example: one click in "J" button run 'Spot Healing Brush Tool' but when you click 3 times "J" button you can use 'Patch Tool'
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Joanna IL

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John Maguire

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Most if not all tools in PS have shortcuts already. just right click and it will show them. by default they are used with shift. Like shift-b scrolls through the tools under the brush tool, "brush, pencil, color replacement tool, mixer brush. for the spot healing choices, use shift-J
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Truth. There's also a checkbox in preferences that sets it so you can just press the tool hotkey mulitple times without using shift. Shift-hotkey is the default, though.
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Users can also customize all of these shortcuts by going to Edit > Toolbars -- you can change the letter, the order, and even the groupings.

Hope that helps,
David
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Joanna IL

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Thank you, I didn't know about this shortcut with shift. This solution is enough for me ☺️
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Cristen Gillespie

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> Thank you, I didn't know about this shortcut with shift. >

It's a preference that's ON by default. (Preferences> Tools). I disable it so that it works without the Shift key. The advantage to working without Shift to cycle through the tools in a given slot is one key, just keep pressing. The disadvantage is if you don't keep track of what tool you have selected, say the Brush tool, and press B  again to pick up the Brush tool, you'll now have the Pencil tool.

So you have to figure out which is more convenient—or inconvenient—for you, but Adobe does give you the option to choose to cycle with or without the Shift key.