Photoshop: How to change command and alt key from being move tool and eye dropper tool??

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In photoshop when I step backwards with command+alt+z it sometimes freezes or stop at the move tool or eye dropper tool because command is automatically the move tool and eye dropper is alt key. How do I stop this?? I dont wanna change my keys. As well can I disable command and alt from being these tools?? Pleas help
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Dan

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Oscar Goossens

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Hi Dan,

You'll probably find your solution in the keyboard shortcuts panel, which is located in the Edit dropdown, nearly at its bottom. You can change the shortcut key combinations or simply remove a certain combination. Hope this helps.

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Howdy Dan,

I'm afraid that I don't quite follow you.  Pressing CMD does NOT activate the Move tool by default, that's just M.  And ALT does NOT activate the Eye Dropper tool by default, that's just I.  Moreover, a non-alphanumeric key like CMD or ALT cannot be set to replace either of these shortcuts -- you'll get an error and the tool will not change.  As a result, I would suspect that you're either running a non-standard keyboard layout or you have another application interfering with what keys the OS sends to PS.

Hope that helps,
David
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David,
You're misunderstanding. Tapping CMD and ALT does not switch to the Move or Eye Dropper tools, but holding CMD and ALT temporarily switches to these tools, and sometimes Photoshop seems to think you're still holding CMD/ALT after using shortcuts involving those buttons, which is what causes the issue mentioned above. This occurs very frequently when using my Undo and Redo shortcuts on my Cintiq tablet and is incredibly frustrating.
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Yes, when you have certain tools active, you can press-and-hold CMD and ALT to switch to other tools, including Move, Eye Dropper, Hand, etc.  It all depends on the tool you were using prior.  Those are NOT customizable or changeable.  If you are having trouble with a specific tablet attached, I would recommend contacting the manufacturer as 99% of the time, that's where the real problem lay.

Thanks,
David