I also use the two curve d&b setup and share the same frustrations as the OP. In my case, I don't have the keyboard issues, so in theory I could use the built in shortcuts however the need for multiple keys is clunky and I'm I'm also running out of space on my keyboard.
PhotoshopChef makes a d&b plugin that will generate the layers to your own specs, ...
Not really sure what you're trying to do, but if you're editing some text with the Type tool T, you first need to hit Esc to stop editing with the Type tool, before hitting V for Move tool.
Or just use your mouse and click the Type/Move icons in the main toolbar.