Photoshop: Spacebar blocked as a keyboard shortcut (Can't be used with Hand Tool or any other tool)

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Since the update 19.1.5 in Photoshop (and also in Illustrator) my shortcut settings have blocked assigning the hand tool to the space bar.

Firstly, I fully understand the default shortcut is H. But for many years I have used my thumb to quickly navigate around artwork by holding down the spacebar. With right hand for mouse/drawing tablet.

When going into Keyboard Shortcuts. You get the error message 'You can only use A-Z for tool shortcuts'. See screen shot attached.


I cannot stress how much this is impacting my ergonomics and productivity. There appears to be no logical reason to block the biggest button on the keyboard from being used.

Note: Interestingly, my colleague is not experiencing this issue.

Please help
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Gareth Davies

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Posted 2 months ago

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Are you referring to using the space bar to switch to the pan tool to move around the view? Spacebar is assigned to the Hand tool by default and works just fine here - and haven't seen other reports that haven't been system specific. Have you tried a different keyboard? Resetting your prefs? Starting in safe mode?
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Warren Heaton

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Holding the spacebar still toggles to the Hand tool from the current tool.  If that behavior went away, it's not something that changed on the Photoshop side.
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Gareth Davies

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Hi all thanks for the input. Back to work this morning and it now appears to be working fine! No idea why, but happy it's back to normal.