Photoshop CS6 beta: F1 function key disabled for Actions

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Some years ago I made a bunch of actions to speed up my production workflow. They're so good, now I can't live without'em. I started in CS1 maybe, where I was able to use F1 key for actions. Altough in newer versions of Photoshop we cannot use F1, my old actions loaded into even CS5.5 still worked, overwriting the F1/Help command. Which i really don't need, 'cause i'm a pro ;)

In CS6 beta this doesn't work anymore. I cannot use F1 for actions.

However I can override F1 in preferences / keyboard shortcuts.

So what's the point of disabling F1 for actions, and allowing for keyboard shortcuts.

Please let me use any F key for action panel shortcuts!
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Zoltan Szalay

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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It would help to know what OS you're using. If you're referring to Mac OS X, it's co-opted many F-keys for OS functionality, and overriding it using the system prefs is the correct thing to do - or alternatively, use the Fn key along with the F-key to access them.
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Zoltan Szalay

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Hello Jeffrey! To better illustrate my problem I attached a screenshot from CS5.5 and CS6. What do you think, could the photoshop team unlock F1 for actions, as they did for keyboard shortcuts?
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Zoltan Szalay

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I'm on PC/Windows. Attached 2 screenshots of the working of CS5.5 versus CS6

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I hope this only happens in the Beta not in Final version... !
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Thanks. Can repro. We'll look into it.
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Zoltan Szalay

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Any progression in solving this problem? I'm sure the photoshop team is busy, but this looks like a small/quick fix. 6 months and it's still the same.
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Hi Zoltan,

It's "as designed" per Microsoft intent. From the engineer:

"The F1 key is not assignable to actions on Windows. It's not in the UI pop-up on Windows. It was a bug that it worked in CS5 that has now been fixed.

F1 means "help" on Windows; that's why it's never been in the assignable fkeys."
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"It's "as designed" per Microsoft intent."

I don't know if it's good telling you about this, but I can set F1 in preferences to be a keyboard shortcut. So in the same application the engineers disable F1 for the action panel, but allowing F1 in the keyboard shortcuts.

- I'm a pro user
- photoshop is a professional tool
- ergo I don't need shortcut for Help

- I want to use F1 for other things, that's my choice. I can find Help in the Help menu anyway.

At start F1 could be shortcut for help "as designed by Microsoft", but I don't unerstand why can't I override it in a professional application/environment.
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Zoltan Szalay

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Why F1 function key is disabled for Actions and allowed as a keyboard shortcut? I want to assign F1 key to control Actions..


I'm on windows. I want to use F1 for actions but it's unlisted as an option. It was available in earlier versions, can you add it back? I hope you can because it's an available option for keyboard shortcuts. Check the screenshots! Thanks!

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It is not supposed to be available for keyboard shortcuts. We'll have to double check the keyboard shortcut code.
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I now have a similar issue with F5 on Mac.

I use an action that is assigned to F5, but with this recent update that assignment seems to get ignored, and PS performs something like "Delete Selected Layer" instead of my assigned action. I tried to check the default keyboard mapping but there is no way to search for use of F5. I also tried unassigning and reassigning the key to the action so as to write fresh preferences, but it had no effect.

(I'm on fully updated Mac OS X with fully updated Adobe CC.)

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No, that is completely unrelated to this Windows issue. Please see the existing topics about F5 problems in Photoshop CC.
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Milosz Wozaczynski

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Any news about this issue? Any ideas how to force photoshop to work with f1? couldn't you just bring the bug back? it's just ridiculous that in pro software you need help...
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Unfortunately it's still the same. Can't assign F1 to actions, though I can assign to tool shortcuts.

I use all the 12 F keys, with shift, ctrl, shift+ctrl to control my custom 48 actions. After this change I changed the layout of my actions to use F1 for commands I can define as tool shortcuts.



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Another workaround would be working on a mac ;)
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Milosz Wozaczynski

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I've actually used "sharpkeys" keyboard remapping software, then remapped f12 to f1. So my actions set under f12 are now run by hitting f1. It's ridiculous, but I just needed two actions under f1.
But the whole thing is kinda stupid...