How to Play Selected Action Using Keyboard Shortcut in Adobe Photoshop

How to Play Selected Action Using Keyboard Shortcut in Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop actions are powerful automation solutions. There are so many repetitive tasks that can be easily automated. When it comes to playing action there are a couple of available options including Actions panel, batch processing scripts, Script Events Manager, and keyboard shortcuts. The keyboard shortcut can be used to play action but also and to activate the Play command to play selected action.

In this post, I will explain to you how to assign a keyboard shortcut to the Play command from the Actions panel menu to play selected action using your keyboard.

Why assign a keyboard shortcut to Play command?

Photoshop action can be triggered/played in a couple of ways including keyboard shortcuts. The keyboard shortcut can be assigned to play a single action. When you press shortcut it will play action to which is assigned that particular shortcut. Nice, isn't it?

What if you want to play selected action without assigning keyboard shortcuts to each individual action that can be useful but also overwhelming as a number of actions are growing? There is a solution that is available from Keyboard Shortcuts dialogue. You can assign a custom keyboard shortcut to the Play command which is available from the Actions panel menu.

How to assign shortcut to Play command

Here is how to assign a keyboard shortcut to play selected action in the Actions panel:

  • Go to Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts...
  • From Shortcuts For drop-down list choose Panel Menus.
  • Find Actions and expand the list.
  • Click on Play to highlight the row. 
  • Click inside the text field then press keyboard shortcut which you want to assign to Play command.
  • Click OK to confirm and exit.

Steps to assign keyboard shortcut to Play command from the Actions panel menu
Steps to assign keyboard shortcut to Play command from the Actions panel menu.

You have assigned a keyboard shortcut to Play command from the Actions panel menu which is the same thing as clicking on the Play selection button to play selected action. Just press a keyboard shortcut and Photoshop will play any action which is currently selected in the Actions panel.
Keyboard shortcut assigned to Play command from the Actions panel menu
Keyboard shortcut assigned to Play command from the Actions panel menu.


Product used in this tutorial:
Adobe Photoshop 2020 (version 21.0.2)

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