Photoshop CC 2019: How do I turn off "Fill new type with placeholder text"?

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I'm very unhappy with a design change after the last update. Adding a text layer to an image - When creating the text box, it is now pre-populated with highlighted text in another language. This is cumbersome if you only type one line of text. When you type over the highlight text it sometimes leaves some of the default text at the end of what you type. I really don't understand why you would have text already populated in the field. It should be empty upon start like it used to be. I've been using PS for many years. This not a good feature.
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Cristen Gillespie

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This is Lorem Ipsum, not another language, but commonly used placeholder text. There are times when it's useful, and others when it's in the way. You can control whether or not you get automatic placeholder text in preferences.

Go to Preferences > Type... and uncheck "Fill new type layers with placeholder text"
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Suzanne Chirgotis

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Thank you this worked!  I found this placeholder very annoying and didn't know how to get rid of it.
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I'm glad you could get rid of that annoyance. <g> I personally find that turning it off in Prefs, then using the Type menu to fill with placeholder text when I want it (Paste Lorem Ipsum), is the best of both worlds. As long as I set font size first, I get text that is roughly what I'm planning to enter and can then start auditioning the fonts. But when I don't want that, I don't get it the second I click with the Type tool.

BTW, it's still not great with point text. If you click for point, not click-drag for paragraph, and then choose Paste Lorem Ipsum, it will just run a line of Lorem Ipsum right off the page. <sigh>  It could use some kind of rule that for point type, no more than 5 words, or something like that.
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Michael Weilert

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Thank you Cristen. I was on with support early today and she didn't inform me of that. She directed me here. I'll try that.
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Useless support aint ?
Did you get her name ?
Maybe it was one of the kids that is advising Adobe how to change photoshop for smartphones and tablets. Goodluck getting them to pay a subscription to edit selfies when Instagram is so full of childish filters.
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You're my soulmate ;)
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Joe Chimenti

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Every time i open a text box it is filled with strange letters (almost looks like....
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Mark Aiosa

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Latin words with text tool usage.

since I updated to photoshop 2019 i experience the same problem everytime i try using the text tool. as soon as the tool is selected it opens a text box but the are already words in it which I have to erase. it seems to be Latin. has anyone else experienced this?
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Olaf Giermann

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The new »Fill new type layers with placeholder text« would be really, really handy for designers, if the placeholder text would actually fill the whole created text-frame. But as it does barely fill the first couple of lines in most cases, this new feature is as superfluous and annoying as the recent changes for free transform. This is the bullshit that is released when managers decide about releasing features who have no clue at all about the silly "enhancements" they just approved.

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So, Olaf, in your opinion, the Lorem Ipsum feature would be more valuable if it filled the entire text box, right?  Do others agree?

This feature was added in response to user feedback.  Perhaps we got a couple details wrong, but if you share with us what isn't right and how it impacts you, we can use those stories to justify making the changes you'd like.  The trick is to make the changes positive for the largest number of users -- what is a feature to one person, might be a pain in the neck or bug to another.

Thanks,
David
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Cristen Gillespie

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Why don't you have both a checkbox toggle FOR Lorem Ipsum, and a Run Again (it is a script, right?) button. The reason for this is if I draw a text box, it immediately fills with whatever is active, very often in PS that's the default since I set text in PS, but not a lot and not often, unlike ID. Then I have too much or too little text there depending upon my new choice of typeface and size. Being able to run it again after I think I've settled on the size would automatically either expand the text to fill the box, OR, equally important, delete the overset text.

Obviously, only some of us use Lorem Ipsum at all—ever. The majority of PS users probably don't, and this "hidden" default isn't terribly useful for either them or us. Personally, I prefer to have nothing in the box at all until I choose to enter Lorem Ipsum, (which is why I choose Paste Lorem Ipsum from the menu) and the toggle plus Run Again button would definitely suit because people wouldn't have to know where everything that controls it is.

Or maybe even better, have these two features in the Properties panel with Type Layer Properties, and when you select the Type Tool, it opens this panel the way it does when you add an Adjustment layer??? Lots of room then to accommodate different needs.
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Hi David, sorry for the late answer. I just stumbled over your response by chance just now. You asked: "So, Olaf, in your opinion, the Lorem Ipsum feature would be more valuable if it filled the entire text box, right?"

Yes, definitely! Because the fill is there to visualize the text box as a placeholder in a design-concept. And if only two or three lines of this text box are filled with the Lorem-ipsum-auto-text it does not visualize or help anything or anyone. If you want to fill the text-box you still have to got into the menu type > paste place holder text (translated from German; I don't have an English version installed right now) multiple times to fill the box.
Therefore, it would be great if the Lorem Ipsum auto-fill for new text-layers would fill the whole frame and not just a couple of lines.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled odd print inserted into Photoshop CC when adding text to a photo.

when trying to add text to a photo sent over from light room odd text is inserted. see picture
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Hey Ronald,

What you're seeing is placeholder text that was recently added to the application.  It's not a bug.  If you type anything, it will replace this text.

Thanks,
David
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I am trying to edit text in a text box and every time it creates a new layer. This is so frustrating. I can't even delete the text and create a new one. Help!
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Go to Preferences > Type... and uncheck "Fill new type layers with placeholder text"
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New features are better left optional than foisted upon everyone. If it requires going into a forum to learn how to disable it, clearly Adobe is not managing the rollout very well, or are operating under the dubious assumption that all users will love it, and not miss a beat in having their expectations for default behavior for text layers suddenly change.
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Thank you! Lorem Ispum was sooo annoying! Again I am glad to get rid of it!!! Gold Information! :)