Photoshop: Issue with keyboard shortcuts and OS X MouseKeys

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Plugin for PS CC 2014 re keyboard lock works for awhile but I still have to
option/command/f5 to disable mouse keys. Adobe you need to fix this. It is annoying at best

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: Photoshop: CS6 / CC Keyboard shortcuts not responding Mavericks MacOS 10.9.
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Chris Cox

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Fix what exactly?

The WhiteWindowWorkaround plugin is not needed in Photoshop CC 2014 - because it already includes the workarounds for the MacOS bugs.

And MouseKeys is an OS option (under Universal AccesS) that Photoshop has no control over.
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But this only seems to be happening in Photoshop. The fix would be to insure that the keyboard does not become disabled. It has happened to me more than once when I am using the clone tool. For me the fix is to disable the MouseKeys in the os by using the keyboard command. The keyboard functions to disable MouseKeys but the clone tool will not work in PS. It seems odd I know. The 2 may not be related. But when I disable MouseKeys the clone tool starts to work again, for awhile. I will revisit this problem. Maybe I am crazy!!
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Applications have no control over the OS "mousekeys" feature -- that is something you have to turn on and off at the OS level (and it defaults to off).
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Bill Mattick

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Thank you Chris Cox for helping a 70 yr old guy who has been making photographs for 45 years and usually figures this stuff out ..........but I guess I did with your help..........I got an advanced degree in Art..........should have looked into computer science.......some of my students who take one of my classes as a Humanities requirement ask me how did I expect to make a living as an artist. I still ask myself the same question. Obsession and some measure of bliss got in the way.
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Yes I just tried again. Using the clone tool for about 2 minutes and I could no longer resize the brush using the brackets keystroke and command plus or minus would not zoom the image. Option/Command/f5 and I disable MouseKeys and everything works again.?????
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Have you disabled the MouseKeys feature in the MacOS system preferences (under Universal Access -> Mouse)?

If the OS feature is on, then pressing the option key five times will turn on mousekeys, and the application has no control over that.
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Yes I have disabled the MouseKeys feature in the OS before opening PS CC 2014 (as you have said it defaults to disabled). Open PS and begin using the clone tool which includes using the option key to select the cloning sample over and over, seems to have the effect of turning on the MouseKeys and all the keystrokes for PS are disabled. If PS has no control over that how can the option key be a useable keystroke in PS.??? I have a keyboard icon in the finder menu at the top of the screen and it indicates when MouseKeys is turned on. I can see it when I am cloning in PS and then key strokes for PS no longer work.
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OK, so you're talking about an OS issue -- mousekeys is activating even when it is turned off (and the "press option 5 times" checkbox is also turned off?).

Again, applications have no control over the OS intercept and use of keystrokes. The OS sees five presses of the option key and turns on mousekeys. If you have mousekeys turned off, then the OS should not do that. But it is the OS doing so, not the application.
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Got it I think. I did not turn off the 5/option key control in the os. So I did it and we'll see. You sound confident.......I am feelin it. thanks Bill
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This sounds like a different issues with MouseKeys. I'll fork your issue out to a new topic.