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I know you can do this when holding the SHIFT key. My question is how can I make this the default so I don't need to hold the SHIFT key

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Just highlight the layer (or group) in the Layers Panel and hit Command/Ctrl+j (That's a "jay")

This is a shortcut for Layer > New > Layer via Copy.

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  • Hi thanks for the suggestion.
    – user187100
    Apr 6 at 17:46
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I suggested yesterday that consider to duplicate the layer. I admit that's not copy+paste in place, but duplicates everything to their original coordinates.

Other workarounds:

  • record and run an action which selects all, copies and pastes into place
  • have something else than full transparency at the opposite corners of the layer
  • try the other Shift key of your keyboard. It can still be functional.

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