Photoshop: The discontinued use of the "\" to toggle on/off layer mask overlay

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the discontinued use of the "\" to toggle on/off layer mask overlay is a real problem for me.
I would really like it to return!
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niels schumm

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Hi Niels, when did you notice a change?
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Actually immediately, installed the program yesterday, was on the phone with Adobe for an hour today, but they've concluded it was a discontinued shortcut...
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Howdy Niels,

This DOES work without problem in English on Win and Mac.

Based on your email address, I'm going to guess, however, that you're running the Dutch app and/or using a Dutch keyboard. As a result, the key and/or key location might be different than English. For German, for instance, it's the < key, found to the left of the Y on a 102 keyboard layout (bottom left). You can check for your version by going to the Channels panel and seeing what the key combo there is.

If you need further assistance, please let me know. I'd be happy to help.

Thanks,
David
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Ah that would be VERY GOOD!
I'll check it!
And yes I have a Dutch version, which is quit close to the U.S. one, could change the language of photoshop as well, I'm more used to the U.S. version...
Is there a way, the checkbox in interfaced prefs only shows Dutch...
Thanks!
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I mean that I couldn't change the language...
And the version of the keyboard is Dutch ...
Sorry for the confusion.
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Dutch shortcuts:

Rubilietmodus voor laagmasker in-/uitschakelen

\ (backslash) of Shift + Alt ingedrukt houden en klikken

\ (backslash) of Shift + Option ingedrukt houden en klikken
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Howdy Niels,

As a user of the Creative Cloud, you can install any (and all) language versions you'd like of Photoshop.  Go to you CC app and from the main flyout menu (upper right) click Preferences (sorry, my Dutch is quite bad -- I'm not sure of the translation).  In the Preferences dialog, choose Apps and then under Setting, change the App Language to whatever you'd like.  Quit the CC app and relaunch.  Now you can download any application in the new language and switch within that language (next launch will be the last used language, not last installed).

Next, looking at the Dutch keyboard layouts, it appears that the backslash ( \ ) is NOT available for regular keyboard commands as it's only accessible with ALT, but when I try a Dutch layout on my Win8 machine, I have the key (middle row, to the left of the Enter key), and it works just fine (I'm running English) so I'm not sure what to tell you there.  What is the location of the backslash on your keyboard?  Can you activate it without having to press any other keys?

Thanks,
David