Photoshop: CTRL+J no longer duplicates a layer. Setting CTRL+J as keyboard shortcut also doesn't work.

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Up until recently, in Photoshop CC, I could use CTRL+J to duplicate a layer I had selected in the Layers panel. Now, CTRL+J does not do anything when pressed.

I tried going to Keyboard Shortcuts and setting CTRL+J as the shortcut for Layers > Duplicate Layer - and it does not add my shortcut. I can set it to most anything else, such as, SHIFT+CTRL+J - but CTRL+J isn't allowed to be added as a keyboard shortcut for anything and it doesn't even provide a warning about it conflicting with another shortcut, it just doesn't do anything when trying to add CTRL+J as a shortcut to a menu item.

CTRL+J is a widely used shortcut that seems to have been taken away in recent version of Photoshop CC 2017 with no way to add it back manually.

Please add this back as the default or allow users to add it manually.
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David Fabian

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When I read this, I thought Whaaaaaat?  So I tried it.   The same thing happened to me, Select a layer, press Ctrl+J and Nothing.   I was holding the left Ctrl.
I Switch to the right Ctrl+J and it worked first time.  Great!
Exit PS Save Nothing.

Go back into PS, load new PSD file.   Left Ctrl +J now works.  Some Preference file probably needed to be woken up.
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eartho

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ctrl-j has not been taken away... something is messed up in your Ps prefs or windows.
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John Maguire

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I'D reset your preference file, sounds like it may have ben corrupted.
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I tried the right CTRL key and that produced no results. I also tried resetting my preferences and restarting Photoshop with no results. This issue is still not resolved for me.
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did you look under keyboard shortcuts and menu. By default it should read Set: Photoshop defaults. As you see below mine reads Steven (modified). For some reason, resetting preferences doesn't effect that. Also when I installed PS 1701.1.1 half of my tools were missing.



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I don't have any extra keyboard shortcut 'sets'. Only the 'Photoshop Defaults', which doe show 'CTRL+J' as the command for Layer > Layer via Copy.

I just now discovered that if I press CTRL+ALT+J, it does actually work to copy the layer. Now I need to figure out why ALT is required to make this shortcut work.
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I just now discovered when I try to change a keyboard shortcut and try using CTRL+ALT+J, a warning appears tells me that 'The ALT key is used for "New layer via copy with new layer dialog". Assigning Alt to Layer > New > Shape Layer Via Copy will remove this functionality. 

I'm confused because I can't find where "New layer via copy with new layer dialog" is in my keyboard shortcuts window and how I can change that shortcut. Also what is the difference between "Shape Layer Via Copy" and "New layer via copy with new layer dialog". 

"New Layer Via Copy" seems to be replaced with "Shape Layer Via Copy" when you begin modifying Photoshop Defaults. 

UGH!!!!
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There just don't seem to be enough "EXPLETIVES" to describe what has happened to Photoshop. While some of the issues appear to be "Local" in nature, it is becoming more and more difficult to explain the value of this last "IMPROVEMENT"!
If the Scientists can learn to put a probe satellite on a planet million of miles from earth, you would think that Adobe could make a program less troublesome.
Then again, the scientists did have a lot of failures. They just didn't have millions of people telling them what was wrong. They had to figure it out for themselves and fix it. 
I'll bet there was a lot of "back-and-forth" communication.
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When you modify any keyboard shortcut it automatically save the defaults and creates a new set. so I would change it to what the default CTRL-J should be and see if it works for you and save it. Or wait until a tech catches on to your problem and gives an alternate fix.

Just a thought but what workspace are you in. essentials, photography or something else. Maybe whatever workspace your in other than the first two maybe the reason ctrl j is different.
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I have a weird problem with "ctrl J"  even though I have a selection it does not make a copy, it opens a new layer panel.
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Jayachandra` Bhonagiri

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Shortcut keys
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John Foscolos

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I tried changing the shortcut, but it does the same thing. It dublicates the whole layer not just the selection.
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Same issue. Duplicates the entire layer, not just the selection. Nothing seems to fix it. Photoshop CC (version 19.1.1).
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19.1.1 is quite a few versions ago... maybe try to update to 19.1.6 and see if that fixes?

There's also a v20 now.
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anyone come up with a solution for ctrl + J?  Running v 20 and cant open new layer with selection 

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What OS? Anything special about the doc or layer that you're trying to jump a selection to a new layer from? (Indexed color? etc)
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F2 is the key

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Frank Visler

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I have some problem alike this. When i open a photo via lightroom, I cant duplicate the layers in photoshop cc, not using ctrl - j or the menus (all is greyed out).

If i open the image via camera raw in PS , all is ok.

Windows (10 home)  and photoshop is both installed yesterday...

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Frank Visler

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Just had same answer from support - and it helps, but content-aware fil is greyed out, so guess i just wait for an update for photoshot
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Different issue

Please reference the new conversation here: menus greyed out after edit in PS from LR
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If I use Ctrl-E in Lightroom to edit an image in Photoshop a great many PS commands don't work, most immediately noticeable is CTRL-J to duplicate the background layer. Also, all the Select and Filter commands are grayed out (unavailable)

If I close PS then start it from the Windows Start Menu, then select Ctrl-E in Lightroom, everything works okay, except that when there is only the background layer, with the cursor on that layer, pressing the Ctrl key changes the hand symbol to the "no" symbol. Pressing the J key at that point works properly nonetheless.

Someone at Adobe screwed something up in the last update. 
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I am having the same problem. Just a grey area
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Work around
Open Photoshop first  then export from lightroom control j will work.
Adobe hopefully will fix their screw up soon.
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bill bane

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I am having the same problem.
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Guido Nietmann

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same problem here. Open Photoshop first, then click on Edit in Photoshop in Lightroom. This workaround is working for me (still an annoying bug which i already had some updates before. Formated pc in between)
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Jo Longmire

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I am having the same problem. Please fix it!
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Daniel Poiree

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Same problem, windows 10, Adobe Photoshop Version: 20.0.1.
Work around seems to be open PS first, then open file; fails when sending photo to (and opening) PS from LR.
A fix would be appreciated.
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Michael Montville

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Same issue, come On PS get your S together!
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Hongs

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Same here, C+J not working when files opened through LR to PS. @@
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Danny D'mello

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Try resetting all your general preferences in photoshop. I just did and its working now guys. :)
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Branislav Novotný

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I have same problem with shotcut Ctr+J 
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Danny, Thanks for your words. ... however, it worked when I reset it but now next day I open file from LR to Photoshop it doesn't work, again. Ugh.... don't know why...
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@Hongs: the 'solution' is to start Photoshop first and then open the file from LR. That way the shortcuts keep working.

I reached out to Adobe and complained about the issue and also referred to this topic. They only replied I should upvote the issue so the developers would prioritize the issue in the next update.. ugh -_-"

Edit: so everyone who has this problem, please click on "mee too" on top of this page!
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Different issue with current release

Please reference the new conversation here: Commands disabled in Photoshop
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THis Worked for me^^ Ope PS First, then use LR to Edit In PS   Thanks
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The best solution is to disable the startup page in Photoshop options! Cheers!