Photoshop: How to stop the Control/Command key from disabling snapping?

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I've been trying to streamline my keyboard shortcuts and decided that I no longer need a shortcut for the "move" tool, because you can just hold down Control/Command to move objects. Great!

The only problem is that holding down Control disables snapping! I don't want snapping to be disabled!

Does anyone know a way to stop the Control key from disabling snapping?
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Jim Ainsley

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Hello, that is one of the functions of the Ctrl/Control key, it cannot be disabled.
Note that you do not have all the functions of the move tool while CMD/CTRL is held down: if you reinstate V, and click and hold, you will notice that the option bar does give you many options not available with CTRL. 
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Yes: just let go of Ctrl while you're moving the layer, and snapping should return. Once you ctrl-click on a layer, you no longer need to keep holding Ctrl, as long as your left mouse (or wacom pen) is still pressed. 

So, the process looks like this:

-hold ctrl to activate move tool
-click and hold on layer to auto-select it and start moving it
-release ctrl while still dragging layer, and layer should now snap again.
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David, thank you SO MUCH! All this time I have been keeping Ctrl held down. I can't believe the solution was so simple! Thank you!
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When 'Auto-Select' box is filled you don't have to use Ctrl, to drag any layer. When it's checked you need to hold Ctrl to drag layer. It's still helpful as with 'Auto-Select' you can select multiple layers, but when it's off then you can do other operations that was meant for (Select Move Tool to see it).