In Photoshop CS6, the default behavior of depressing the spacebar as a shortcut for the Hand tool was working as expected, then stopped for no apparent reason. I have rebooted, closed browsers, shut down all other applications and deleted preferences and the problem persists. The spacebar works properly elsewhere, including Photoshop CS4.

Is there a keyboard shortcut setting I'm missing (I've checked Edit -> Keyboard Shortcuts and can find nothing for the spacebar, and can not add it to the Hand tool).

This is on OSX Lion 10.7.4

  • There might be a solution in this place to reset your hand tool: forums.adobe.com/thread/375776 – C.A. Vuyk Jul 25 '12 at 11:23
  • Thans for the reply. The link you posted shows how to delete PS preferences, which I've done repeatedly with no change. – Decavolt Jul 31 '12 at 16:42
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    I have this problem too, a lot. I still have yet to figure out what causes it, but a complete reboot of the system fixes it. (The same thing happens in Illustrator CS6 too.) – user152490 Aug 15 '12 at 15:30
  • To anyone who is still having issues, THIS worked for me: techne.alaya.net/?p=12012 – Ampp3 May 18 '17 at 3:50

I know this is an old thread, but I found it when Googling for the same issue, so I thought I would answer.

According to this thread on Adobe's forums, certain browsers or possibly specific browser extensions, such as 1Password or Anesidora, seem to foul up CS5/6's spacebar shortcut.

The solution seems to be simply to quit Safari / Chrome / Firefox and launch them again. Might need to quit/launch Photoshop too.

Worked for me with Chrome, but there's quite a few variables in the problems reported, so there doesn't seem to be a silver bullet.

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  • Thanks a Ton.... It really save my keyboard from harassed and banged to the wall because that behavior... – Tek Yin Jan 17 '14 at 10:34
  • No problem @TekYin, glad this helped someone! – Leo Jan 17 '14 at 11:42
  • Works for me - OSX Yosemite & quitting Chrome. – Meetai.com Jan 26 '15 at 1:37
  • Very unusual, but worked for me, too. I had to close an open Chrome window (although not the whole application) with several Lynda.com tabs open in order for the Photoshop spacebar shortcuts to return. I also have 1Password and I had used it with Lynda.com in this session, but like @Leo says, there are quite a few variables. – trailing slash Mar 4 '16 at 2:42
  • I don't have 1Password and quitting Chrome and opening it again worked. – Meetai.com Mar 4 '16 at 18:27

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