How to Customize Keyboard Shortcuts in Photoshop CS6 - dummies

How to Customize Keyboard Shortcuts in Photoshop CS6

By Barbara Obermeier

For those of you who prefer the ease and speed of keyboard shortcuts, Photoshop CS6 offers customizable keyboard shortcuts. You can assign shortcuts to menu commands, panel commands, and tools. You can edit, delete, or add to the Photoshop default set or create your own custom set. Follow these steps to customize keyboard shortcuts:

  1. Choose Edit→Keyboard Shortcuts. In the Keyboard Shortcuts and Menus dialog box that appears, make sure the Keyboard Shortcuts tab is selected.

    You can also choose Window→Workspace→Keyboard Shortcuts & Menus.


  2. Select your desired set of keyboard shortcuts from the pop-up menu.

    You can also create a new set by clicking the New Set button (the disk with a down-pointing arrow icon).

    Clicking New Set makes a copy of the selected set for you to then edit and customize. If you create a new set, name the set (leaving it with a .kys extension) and keep it stored in the Keyboard Shortcuts folder.

  3. Select Application Menus, Panel Menus, or Tools from the Shortcuts For drop-down list.

    Click the triangle next to the menu heading to expand the particular menu headings.

  4. Select your desired command from the list. Type the shortcut keys you want to assign to that command in the shortcut field.

    If a shortcut has already been assigned to that command, you can simply type over it.

    If the keyboard shortcut you type is already being used, Photoshop warns you that if you accept the shortcut, it’ll be removed from the original command.

  5. Click Accept to assign the shortcut to the command or tool.

    If you later change your mind and want to use the original keyboard shortcut (if there was one), click Use Default. If you decide you don’t want the shortcut at all, click Delete Shortcut. And if you make a mistake, just click Redo.

    Application and Panel menu commands must include a Ctrl (Command on the Mac) and/or a Function (F) key in the keyboard shortcut.

  6. When you finish, click the Save Set button (the disk icon).

    If you want to delete the set, click the Delete Set button (the trash icon).

  7. Click the Summarize button to save the keyboard shortcut set as an .htm file, which loads in your Internet browser.

    You can then print the file and keep it as a handy reference of your shortcuts.

  8. Click OK to exit the dialog box.