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Keyboard shortcuts don't work in batch photo processing


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Hi there-

I do a lot of batch processing of photos, where I open up the whole batch of photos and then use the same tools on each one. (I am using the macro and batch processing where possible). My problem is that with tools that are grouped, such as Dodge, Burn, and Sponge, when I go to the next photo and press the keyboard shortcut (O in this case), it goes to the next tool in the group, not the last one that I used that is active. For example, say I'm using the Dodge tool on a photo, then save and close and move onto the next file - when I press O it goes to Burn. If I keep pressing, it will go to Sponge, then again back to Dodge. So it's quicker for me to just grab the mouse and click the icon to get the last used tool. Tools that don't have a grouping work fine, such as Crop.

On a related note, it would be awesome if there was a way to keep the last tool I used active when switching between files. I'm fine with the program defaulting to the Hand each time I open the program, but when I'm in the program working between multiple files open at the same time, it would be nice to just keep my last tool used, regardless of which file I was working on, active. Is there an option for something like this that I haven't found?

I'm using Windows 10 with Affinity Photo 1.8.5.703.

Thanks!
Amanda

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There's a preference that requries the use of the Shift key in order to cycle through the tools associated with a shortcut:

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Perhaps that will help.

-- Walt
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You're welcome. Glad it worked for you :)

-- Walt
Designer, Photo, and Publisher V1 and V2 at latest retail and beta releases
PC:
    Desktop:  Windows 11 Pro, version 23H2, 64GB memory, AMD Ryzen 9 5900 12-Core @ 3.00 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 

    Laptop:  Windows 11 Pro, version 23H2, 32GB memory, Intel Core i7-10750H @ 2.60GHz, Intel UHD Graphics Comet Lake GT2 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU.
iPad:  iPad Pro M1, 12.9": iPadOS 17.3, Apple Pencil 2, Magic Keyboard 
Mac:  2023 M2 MacBook Air 15", 16GB memory, macOS Sonoma 14.3

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