Photoshop: Why does the delete key bring up the Fill dialog in Photoshop CS5, CS6?

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When I use the delete key to delete a selection in a background layer in Photoshop CS5, it brings up the Fill dialog. How do I get back the old behavior where the selection is filed with the background color?
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I just had the same problem. What I discovered was that my background was not set as a layer. If the initial image is set to Layer 0, you can use the delete button to remove parts of the image. (To maintain transparency around the image, save as a .gif and set the matte to transparent.) Otherwise, Photoshop brings up the "Fill" dialog box. The default fill using ctrl+delete appears to be white. I hope this helps others who are having the same issue.
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this is it
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Erik Hill

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yep, this worked, thank you Leila!
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This is incredibly frustrating. I'm a Web Designer, and use Photoshop every day. Often, I use the delete key to fill the Background layer with the background color on a website comp, because it's really the quickest and easiest way to do it. I appreciate the content aware tool for what it does, but don't think it should have replaced the delete key. I should not have to hit 2 buttons for something I used every day that only required one button press. It's time consuming and really REALLY annoying, moreso since it's affecting something I literally do dozens of times a day minimum. There should be a way to disable this.