Quicker access to transparency checkerboard settings in Photoshop

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It would really useful to include transparency preferences in a saved workspace. Or in some other toggle button that is always present in all work spaces.

The issue is, I go between two backgrounds when erasing parts of an image: an all-white background when I'm erasing dark tones, and a solid medium gray so I can see whites and very light tones.  As it is now, I have to go into preferences to change from one to the other and it a a bit of a slog going back and forth several times in each image in a shoot.  The checkerboard patterns make my eyes hurt.........
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Chris Cox

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It isn't clear what you are asking for.
What transparency settings do you need quicker access to?
Which preference are you having to change?
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The Transparency Settings in the Preferences window.  In the 'grid size' field I toggle between 'small' + 'custom' 'grid colors' with both colors set to the same medium gray and 'none' to get an all white background.  I've attached a screenshot showing the all gray background with the setting I use.   The white you see in the current layer is a skylight area I'm  working on in the ceiling of a church:  
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Ah, the transparency heckerboard settings.

Why are you changing that instead of just adding a colored background layer behind your work (which you can change the color of more quickly)?
You could also convert layer opacity to a layer mask and work on that without seeing the checkerboard.
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Well yeah I could do that--and that's a good idea!--but wouldn't it be nicer to have two workspaces saved, one called 'AD-gray' and one called 'AD-white' and all I have to do it click ONCE to change?  

And while I'm requesting features, why not call it 'checkerboard settings' instead of 'grid'?  'Grid' already exists elsewhere and is a whole other thing, with its own little section in preferences...  Needlessly confusing!
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Me again, Adobe.  Renewing my request.  I've been editing a great pile of images and this background thing is really getting tedious.  I have learned to love the "light" and the "dark" grid colors, but that's beside the point.  Why can't grid color be made to "stick" to a saved workspace?
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why would you want to change workspaces just to change the transparency color? As Chris suggested, just do like everyone else who uses Ps and add two solid color fills to the bottom of your stack and toggle visibility to change color...