by Julieanne Kost

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July 17, 2012

Command + H (Mac) | Control + H (Win) can be used to quickly toggle between viewing and hiding a variety of items in Photoshop. For example, when working with shape layers it might be difficult to see exactly how a Drop Shadow layer style might appear if the shape layer’s path is visible. Instead of clicking on another layer to hide the path, use the shortcut above to hide the path.  In order to control what is shown/hidden, choose View > Show > Show Extras Options. Here is the list of what items can be shown/hidden:

Note, the first time you use this shortcut on the Macintosh, Photoshop will display a dialog asking “Would you like to use Cmd-H to hide Photoshop (Mac standard), or to hide/show selections, guides, etc. (Photoshop traditional)? Click “Hide Extras” unless you want to “Hide Photoshop” every time you use the shortcut. If you do choose to “Hide Photoshop”, you can change this behavior later by choosing Edit >Keyboard Shortcuts. Set the “Shortcuts For” to Application Menus and toggle the disclosure triangle for the View menu. Scroll down to Extras, change the Shortcut to Command + H and click Accept and then OK.