PHOTOSHOP - Customize keyboard shortcut for creating a new layer

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Can I customize the keyboard shortcut for creating a new layer without the New Layer popup? It's now CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+N, which is pretty insane. At the same time CTRL+N is reserved for creating a new document, even though users arguably use it a lot less than creating a new layer.

Ideally I would change the shortcut for something even easier, like for example CTRL+< so I could create a new layer really quick with my left hand.

I tried Mike Chambers' CreateNewLayer-script, but either it doesn't work with CC 2015 or I don't have the skillz to make it work.
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Howdy APK,

You can manually change just about any keyboard shortcut that you would like.  Simply click Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts (or ALT+SHIFT+CTRL+K) and in the Keyboard Shortcuts and Menus dialog, locate the command you want to change and edit it.  When you're done, save your new shortcut preferences and you're golden!

Hope that helps -- please let us know if you need further assistance,
David
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Yeah well, apparently you cannot change that particular shortcut. At least I didn't find it. What I have found and can change is the shortcut for "New layer..." which brings up the New Layer popup. And that's not what I'm looking for.

Essentially, I'd like to change the shortcut for the "Create new layer" icon which is located in the footer of the Layers panel. Any help is much appreciated!
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Sorry APK, there are no shortcuts for icons/buttons.  Command menu commands (File, Edit, Image, etc) and Panel menu commands (Layer Panel > New Layer...) are fine, but actual graphical UI.
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Jaroslav Bereza

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With this 3rd party hacking software you can do it! :-) You can set "N" key for new layer. http://millionart.deviantart.com/art/...

Or you can buy like me this crazy mouse http://content.hwigroup.net/images/pr...

Another option is to record a "new layer without dialogue" as action and assign it a shortcut key. Only F2-F12 keys.
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Is there a way to re-assign CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+N to "new layer without dialog box"?
As you mention, David, the "new layer without dialog box" icon is not part of the Keyboard Shortcut dialog box options. 

I changed CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+N to something else among about 20 other shortcut modifications, and now the only way I can think of getting it back is to reset my shortcuts and re-do the other 19 that I want. Thanks!
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Jaroslav Bereza

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set "ctrl + shift + n" for new layer with dialog. And alt key shorcut will be create automaticaly. Generaly alt key work like non-dialog option in many shourtcuts. But you can't change shortcut which is created this way.
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Thank you very much Jaroslav Bereza! Solved my problem.

This actually happened cause I wanted to assign CTRL+SHIFT+N to "new smart object via copy" and keep CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+N for new layer without dialog box, but I guess that that's not possible out of the box. Thanks a lot
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Jaroslav Bereza

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Yes, it's not possible standart way. 

You can:
1) record it as action and assign custom shortcut to action ...but you can asign only F1-F12 keys with modificator
2) create custom script and assign custom shortcut to the script
3) 3rd party program. Autohotkey and similar. e.g. If Photoshop is active window and my shourtcut is pressed > send ctrl + alt + shift + n

You also can assign another letter for new layer without dialog. But "alt" key should not be used.

You also could be interested in this topic: https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/could-adobe-provide-an-official-list-of-all-t...