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Spacebar Shortcut: Hand Tool Showing But Not Working

May 15, 2012 2:44 PM

Tags: #photoshop #bugs #cs6 #spacebar #keyboard_shortcuts #hand_tool #functionality #hand_tool_keyboard_shortcut

Runing the CS6 trial on a Windows 7 Laptop (x64). I was in Photoshop (64), and noticed that when I held down the spacebar to pan the open image, the hand icon would show but the tool will not work. No matter how many times I click and drag, the image stays still. If I select the MANUALLY select the hand tool it works, but the spacebar shortcut key is non-functional. This issue persists across both the 32 & 64 bit versions of Photoshop.

 

Ideas? Help?

 
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  • Trevor Dennis
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    May 15, 2012 2:53 PM   in reply to TheChexican

    The only time I can think of when the Space bar won't pan, is when the image is zoomed to fit to screen or smaller, but you say things are OK if you select the Hand tool from the Tools panel. So it is getting into one of those unexplained situations where it is time to try resetting Photoshop's Preferences. Restart Photoshop, and immediately hold down Shift Ctrl Alt

     
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    May 15, 2012 5:23 PM   in reply to TheChexican

    For me, the hand doesn't even show (or work) when I hold the spacebar. This is true in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign CS6. I'm on a Mac running 10.7.4. This is very dissapointing as this is probably my most used shortcut.

     
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    May 15, 2012 5:33 PM   in reply to paulburd

    There was a problem aired a year ago about a bug in Trackball mouse and Photoshop.  If memory seerves me corretly (and it does not always) believe it was holding the space bar and trying to move image. 

     

    Would not work on several Window machines..

     

    If using a track ball try a wired mouse.

     
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    May 15, 2012 6:06 PM   in reply to TheChexican

    This seems to be a problem with the trackpad drivers for Vista and Win7. You can see this behavior on the Desktop: if you click-drag while holding the spacebar, the cursor doesn't move. Using an external USB mouse works fine - in Photoshop too.

     
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    May 15, 2012 8:23 PM   in reply to paulburd

    Strangly, mine spontaniously started working shortly after writing my earlier comment. The only thing I did was close several webpages I had open (in Chrome). I can't imagine open web pages would prevent this functionality... but I can't really explain what happened.

     
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    May 16, 2012 10:39 AM   in reply to TheChexican

    The Chrome (and I guess Firefox) problem was due to the Flash plugin. Once I disabled that, I got my space bar back in CS5.5. But now that I'm in CS6, the shortcut is not working no matter what browsers I close (even all of them). I will look into using a wired mouse but I'd really like to have both working together.

     
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    May 28, 2012 7:00 PM   in reply to KeyStudio

    Hello:    I am using Photoshop CS6 and the spacebar will not function for me either.

     

    I am creating a circle, duplicate the layer, then i select the subtract front shape ... after this i need to be able to use the spacebar to center my subtracting circle so thatt i end up w/a nice border.

     

    I closed firefox but that didn't work and so then I restarted my computer w/out opening FF at all and still the spacebar will not work.

     

    Rather than the hand icon appearing the only thing that changes is that the small black box that shows the height and width adds the x & y demensions.

     

    Does anyone know if i need to turn something on or off in order to enable the spacebar?

     

    Thank you for your time : )

     

    Murph

     
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    Jun 7, 2012 12:40 AM   in reply to TheChexican

    Hi everyone! I had a similiar problem in InDesign CS6 but I managed to solve the problem.

     

    InDesign CS6

    1) Edit -> Key Shortcuts

    2) Select "Tools" in Product Area drop down menu

    3) Select "Hand Tool"

    4) Click the empty field of "New Shortcut"

    5) Press spacebar and "Space" text automatically appears on this field.

    6) You will be prompted to save default copy, and click Ok

    7) You should be able to see the new entry "Default: Space" on the Current Shortcuts box.

    8) Click "Default: H" and then press "Remove" button.

    9) You are done. It should be working when you press spacebar and the screen moves.

     

    Hope this helps.

     

    Cheers,

    Andre

     
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    Jun 7, 2012 12:22 PM   in reply to andrexng12

    Andre, you're a life-saver! Thanks!

     
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    Jul 30, 2012 6:14 PM   in reply to Trevor Dennis

    Hello guys!

    I have a question too.  The Space bar won't pan when the image is smaller then the screen. Is this a bug or did they removed the feature with CS6?

     

    Thank you!

     
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    Jul 30, 2012 6:23 PM   in reply to BogdanStetco

    Seems the same as CS5 to me.  Do you have the full screen mode and Application Frame settings the same as when you tried it in Photoshop CS5?

     

    -Noel

     
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    Jul 30, 2012 6:28 PM   in reply to BogdanStetco

    BogdanStetco wrote:

     

    Hello guys!

    ... The Space bar won't pan when the image is smaller then the screen ...

     

     

    Welcome to the forum!

     

    The pan works with images smaller than the window in "Full Screen Mode" and "Full Screen Mode With Menu Bar". Press F key to cycle through these modes and "Standard Screen Mode".

     
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    Jul 30, 2012 6:33 PM   in reply to conroy

    @Noel I am in Standard Screen Mode.

     

    @Conroy Thank! I know that it works in both of full screen modes but I was wondering if it works the same way even in Standard Screen Mode.

     

    Thank you guys!

     
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    Jul 30, 2012 6:36 PM   in reply to BogdanStetco

    I was wondering if it works the same way even in Standard Screen Mode.

     

    No, not in CS6 or CS5.1 on a Mac. Is there a version that you remember it working in?

     
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    Jul 30, 2012 6:44 PM   in reply to conroy

    If I'm not wrong it was working on CS5, if not definitely was working on CS3. Anyway thank you so much for your help!

     
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    Aug 1, 2012 4:00 PM   in reply to TheChexican

    I just installed Photoshop CS6 on a powerfull new computer (i7-3370K + 16GB) running Windows 7 x64. I have a Wacom Intuos 5 touch installed also. I am really ANGRY about the space bar pan feature which has been one of my favorite functions in CS5. In CS6 it works about half the time! Sometimes the hand tool never shows up when the spacebar is depressed.

     

    Sometimes the hand tool shows up but there is no panning!!!

     

    To continue what I want to do with a brush, I have to select the hand tool and use it to pan and then switch back to the brush!

     

    This really stinks!!!

     

    Jim

     
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    Aug 2, 2012 8:13 PM   in reply to Trevor Dennis

    I was having this issue while using my Wacom bamboo tablet.  I found a tip in a forum, to disable all of Windows touchscreen/touchpad features in the control panel and it worked like a charm. 

     
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    Jan 29, 2013 8:07 AM   in reply to paulburd

    Thanks paulburd, that fixed my problem. I have Photoshop CS6 on a Mac and my "spacebar" hand feature dissapeared completely. But then, I closed Chrome and it worked fine! I also run CodeKit, and I have this well linked with Chrome so I'm not sure if that was the issue, but closing Chrome totally did it! Thanks!

     
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    Apr 16, 2013 4:59 AM   in reply to bobbylawless83

    Same thing happens to me, sometimes I have to quit Chrome and the spacebar shortcut works again. I can even start up Chrome again and the shortcut continues to work.

     

    Seems more related to Chrome running a lot of tabs or being open for a long time.

     
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    Jun 25, 2013 7:18 AM   in reply to TheChexican

    I had the same problem and fixed it by restarting my computer. I suspect it is caused by a conflicting program.

     
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    Nov 27, 2013 3:49 AM   in reply to TheChexican

    I had the same problem in Illustrator CC on OS X Mavericks. Closing Chome and Firefox didn't fix it, but quitting my upgraded install of Parallels Desktop 9 did. Just like that. I didn't even have to restart Illustrator. I'm not sure whether it was Parallels itself, the Windows 7 virtual machine, or the fact I had Windows open in Coherance mode, but there you go. Done.

     
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    Dec 8, 2013 4:06 PM   in reply to TheChexican

    Hello,

    When I was installed windows 8.1 a spacebar hand tool in Adobe's CC apps was blocked. I was tried everything which i seen on Adobe's forums but nothing was helped me to unblock that tool. I just can switch tool via "h" shortcout but it is quite annoying. I am looking for a professional advice from Adobe.

    Regards

     
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    Jan 13, 2014 6:48 PM   in reply to TheChexican

    After weeks of trying to sort this problem, we found the solution (in our case) was in the Dell Touchpad settings . . . turn off "TouchCheck" and all works fine.

     
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    Mar 23, 2014 6:41 PM   in reply to TheChexican

    This issue drove me nuts and none of the suggestions in multiple threads helped (including shutting down all other applications, restarting and resetting preferences). I haven't managed to find a full solution to the problem but I did find a bit of a workaround which may help someone. I'm on Windows 8.1 BTW.  If I hold down the Alt key instead of the spacebar the hand icon "grabs" and allows me to drag the canvas around.

     
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    Mar 31, 2014 2:13 AM   in reply to TheChexican

    I've solved the problem by closing every other program running. Imidiatly the Hand Tool worked again.. Then when i Reopen the programs is sitll working,

    Hope This Help!

     
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    Mar 31, 2014 2:22 AM   in reply to juana.cantiere

    juana.cantiere wrote:

     

    I've solved the problem by closing every other program running. Imidiatly the Hand Tool worked again.. Then when i Reopen the programs is sitll working,

    Hope This Help!

     

    Juana, thanks for your feedback.  It will help other folk sort out similar problems, but can you tell us what operating system you are running? As you can imagine.  it makes a difference.

     
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