Number Keys Don't Always Change Layer Opacity

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Is there any reason why, occasionally, the number keys don't change the selected layer's opacity as they should? I'm not sure if this is a bug or if I'm inadvertently putting focus somewhere else in photoshop that prevents the keys from doing this as expected. When the problem occurs, clicking on the layer again in the layers palette doesn't help.
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Brandon Rodkewitz

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Is this happening frequently?
Any certain type of layer that has the trouble?
I haven't noticed this one in my own usage, and not sure I've seen it come up.

Have you tried rebuilding your preference file?
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I'd say it happens 10-15% of the time in my use so far. I pull images in from Lr4 and have actions assigned to shortcuts for web prep. The last one before saving for web creates a new merged layer and does some advanced sharpening. The amount I dial the sharpening back depends on the image, so I reach for the number keys a lot. It either works or it doesn't, as if the focus is somewhere else in the program. I'll try to determine if there's a particular behavior that causes this (like having a certain tool active, etc). Clicking and dragging on the word "opacity" in the layers palette always works, of course.

How do I rebuild the preference file? Not that it matters but most of my preferences are default.
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Howdy Brandon,

I would be very curious if you could nail down steps to reproduce this. I would bet it's a focus issue, although I could be wrong.

To load default Photoshop prefs, launch the application while holding down ALT+CNTRL+SHIFT on Windows or OPT+CMD+SHIFT on Mac.

Thanks,
David
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Thanks for your responses on this. I have in fact determined that the problem is OS level and not photoshop. The entire application loses focus and I'm not sure why. Unrelated to photoshop, I'm also having this problem with "save as" dialogs particularly in my browsers. The dialogs popup and then focus immediately returns to the window behind them, and no keyboard command returns focus to where it should be - I have to use the mouse.
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Howdy Brandon,

Are you using a tablet or other pointing device? Many come with special drivers. There have been a number of complaints on Mac about these drivers eating valid keyboard commands, so that might be a place to start looking. If you have any question, please let me know or check out some of the related (keyboard shortcut) posts on this forum.

Good luck,
David