Customizing Shortcuts in ACDSee Photo Manager

Anyone who spends time on a computer recognized how critical shortcuts are to work flow. Some programs have very easy to use and memorable shortcuts. Others, it seems no matter how much I try I just cannot seem to get around Shift+Ctrl+Alt+S as a Save to Web command in Photoshop. ACDSee Photo Manager has its own set of shortcuts, some which are easy (Ctrl+S for Save), others not so much (to open the Image Basket is Ctrl+Shift+5).

One of the features in Photo Manager 12 is the ability to customize your own keyboard shortcuts.  Most of the shortcuts that are used in the Manage and Edits Modes are quite easy to use. But if you would like to change one to be more memorable, you can do it this way:

  1. Do one of the following:
    • In Manage mode, click View | Toolbars, and then select Customize.
    • In Manage mode, click the drop-down arrow, located to the right of the Main toolbar or File List toolbar, and then select Customize.
    • In View mode, click the drop-down arrow, located to the right of the Bottom toolbar, select Add or Remove Buttons, and then select Customize.
    • In the Customize dialog box, click the Keyboard tab.
    • From the Category drop-down, select a top-level menu such as File, Edit, or View. The commands available from that menu display in the Commands list box.
  2. Select a command in the Commands list box.
    • If a keyboard shortcut has been defined for that command, it displays in the Current Keys box.
    • If a keyboard shortcut has not been defined for that command, the Current Keys box will be empty.
  3. To remove an existing keyboard shortcut, select the keyboard shortcut in the Current Keys box, and then click Remove.

However, I would like a shortcut for Backing Up my Database. Defining a new shortcut is  also possible to be done in Photo Manager 12.

  1. Click in the Press New Shortcut Key text box.
  2. Press the keys on your keyboard that you want to use for the keyboard shortcut.The keys display in the Press New Shortcut Key text box.
  3. Click Assign.The new keyboard shortcut displays in the Current Keys box.
  4. To remove all custom keyboard shortcuts and restore the default keyboard shortcuts, click Reset All.
  5. Click Close

Taken from ACDSee Photo Manager Help Files

To add a shortcut for Backup Database, Click on View| Toolbars| Customize.
Select the Keyboard Tab on the top. Under Category, Select Tools. Scroll down and select Backup Database. O=To the right, there is a box that says Current Keys. Since there is no shortcut for Backup Database, this box will be empty. In the box underneath that, (Press New Shortcut Key), type in the Keystrokes that you want to use as your shortcut and click Assign. If there is a shortcut currently assigned to that set of keystrokes, it will state that underneath that box. I chose Alt+9 as my Backup Database as my shortcut and that combination is “Unassigned.”

Click Assign and Close.

To add a shortcut for Optimize Database, I will go through the same process, entering Alt+0 as my new Keystrokes.

It took me a while to figure out that this was an option in this software and it has made using Photo Manager even easier. Hope that you think so to!

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2 responses to “Customizing Shortcuts in ACDSee Photo Manager

  1. Thank you for this! They reassigned the Ctrl+E key to their own internal editor and I’ve been trying to figure out how to get it to send to Photoshop. All fixed now!

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