Photoshop CC 2018: Edit/Fill command not working on new, blank layer?

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(second time of asking) - Nobody in the whole wide world community got any views on this..?

Sorry, as a new community member, am I expecting too much to get a response within 7 days?

...Maybe I'm doing something wrong, but after creating a new, blank layer and either using Edit>Fill or Shift+F5 to fill with 50% Gray (or any other colour for that matter), nothing happens. I can fill the layer with foreground / background colour using Command/Alt + Backspace.

The Edit>Fill command works on a layer that already has pixel data - either a complete image layer, or one that has already been filled with a solid colour, but it just won’t fill in blank pixels (I tried painting a few red brush strokes on the new layer, then filling with 50% gray, and only the brush strokes were filled with the gray). Blending mode set to normal.

I can easily get round the problem, but any ideas about why this is happening would be most welcome.

Thank you.
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Paul Smith

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Warren Heaton

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Did you accidentally enable the "Preserve Transparency" check box in the Fill dialog box?

Or did you accidentally enable "Lock transparent pixels" for the layer in the Layer panel?
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Paul Smith

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Brilliant! Thank you Warren - I thought it would be something simple, and I thought it would probably be me! The 'Preserve Transparency' was indeed checked, although I don't remember doing this myself, I had assumed this was the default. I should stop trying to do things late at night when I'm too tired.