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Importing / Transferring Keyboard Shortcuts into Photoshop CS5

Sep 20, 2011 7:53 AM

Tags: #photoshop #cs5 #import #transfer #keyboard #shortcut

Hello, i am testing out Photoshop 5 and it looks good so far, yet some obstacles are left to solve. For example i wonder how to get the keyboard shortcuts from my old Photoshop (the .kys file) into the PS5? There is no import. I would even manually transfer, but opening the file in a texteditor just shows weird stuff (there was a guy who manually transfered his indesign shortcuts in such a way, but since he used a normal text editor i guess these files are of a different structure)


if anyone knows how to transfer them or has an idea how to manually workaround, i am happy for hints.




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    Sep 20, 2011 3:23 PM   in reply to Sofian777

    It depends on which windows system you have, but for vista and windows 7, probably the best

    place to put the kys file is:


    C:\Users\Your Name\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5\Presets\Keyboard Shortcuts




    Windows XP:


    C:\Documents and Settings\Your Name\Application Data\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5\Presets\Keyboard Shortcuts








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    Oct 18, 2011 2:33 PM   in reply to Sofian777

    (EDIT: Aha, wrong forum I guess, but shouldn’t the *.kys file format be at least the same in Mac / PC?)


    Hi, I’m on a Mac and I would also love to transfer my current CS4 Photoshop settings to a CS5 install.

    Steps I tried: Save my CS4 keyboard configuration to a my_keys.kys file and put it there:


    /Users/<username>/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS5/Presets/Keyboard Shortcuts


    In Photoshop CS5, I can now select the above file in the  Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts window. However, to no effect.


    There must be a better way...

    any help is greatly appreciated!



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    Oct 18, 2011 8:50 PM   in reply to momcorp-1999

    I'd recommend re-doing all the configuration settings in the new version, rather than trying to mix and match proprietary binary files.



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