Photoshop CC 2015: Selecting next/previous layer keyboard shortcut with German Keyboard Layout not working

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Selecting next/previous layer keyboard shortcut is not working as intended with the German Keyboard layout. Supposedly it works with CTRL-. (Period) and CTRL-, (Comma) on the german layout. When I say not working as inteded I mean the shortcuts themselves do not cycle between the next/previous layers but it's only possible to cycle between the top-most and bottom-most layer with this keyboard shortcut.

Switching to english keyboard layout under the Windows operating system 'solves' the problem, meaning you can select next/previous layer flawlessly with CTRL-] / CTRL-[ ... The equivalent keys for " [ " and " [ " are "ü" and "+".
It wouldn't be an issue using eng. keyboard layout with PS because of that but there are other shortcut differences that make working with Photoshop more difficult than before.

Adobe Photoshop Version: 2014.0.0 20140508.r.58 2014/05/08:23:59:59 x64
Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit
Version: 6.1 Service Pack 1
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Herbert Schmittig

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Hi Herbert,

Non-English versions of Photoshop are designed to work with the equivalent non-English keyboard layouts -- which is really quite standard for the software industry.  So, if you running German PS, then the shortcuts all assume a German keyboard layout.  If you mix languages, then you're definitely going to have a problem, unless you switch your layout to match your keyboard (Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts).

Now, with this understanding, are you saying that, when using the German version of PS the shortcuts are not working with a German keyboard layout?

Also, have you tried updating to the latest version of Photoshop -- you're definitely NOT running CC 2014 based on the version number you've posted.

Thanks,
David
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Herbert Schmittig

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"Now, with this understanding, are you saying that, when using the German version of PS the shortcuts are not working with a German keyboard layout?"

Yes that's exactly what I am saying. By pressing the correct shortcut keys, it does not select the next / previous layer, but only the top-most and the bottom most-layer, it would not select anything in between;say you have a layer stack of 5 layers for example, it would only cycle between layer 0 and 5.

I did not mix up the keyboard language layout, I was just pointing out that when completely changing my layout to english the hotkeys work as intended (just to make sure it acutally works) :-)

Oh yeah you are right about the version, In the title I mention CC 2015 but I am actually using CC 2014 as far as I know. How does the updating process to a higher version work ? Since CC 2015 is the latest Photoshop version, right ?
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how can i remap this shorttcut, it doesnt show in ''keyboard and shortcut menus''
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Howdy Roberto,

Click Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts.  In the Keyboard Shortcuts and Menus dialog, make sure you're looking at Shortcuts For: Application Menus.  Click Layers and then scroll down to Arrange> and set the shortcuts for Bring Forward and Send Backward, which are normally Crtl+] and +[ for English.

Hope that helps,
David
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I have same topic here for Czech keyboard. David seen it and told me it's hardwired in code. Or tell me which keys should I press on Czech keyboard. :-)

https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/cant-use-a-shortcuts-to-scroll-through-the-la...
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Howdy Jaroslav,

Actually, the shortcuts to move layer focus (ALT+[ or ]) are a little different and those ARE hardwired/non-customizable.  But the shortcuts that actually change the layer order forward/backward (with CNTRL instead of ALT) are in the menus, and thus are editable/customizable.

Hope that clears up any confusion,
David
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Jaroslav Bereza

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Yes, that is correct :-)
The only workaround would be creating script with AM code and assign shortcut to the script.