Escape key doesn't work

90 Draenei Shaman
I'll bring this up to our Mac team, but this may be something that Adobe may need to work on.
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I would take a note that its not just Mac but affecting windows as well.
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100 Human Hunter
You should also double-check what bindings you have set in MacOS System Preferences. The Keyboard Shortcuts in the Keyboard panel is where you assign some system-wide keybindings.

While I don't think it will affect the Esc key, you'll also want to make sure that the Universal Access settings are not conflicting with WoW. For example, "Press the Shift key five times to turn Sticky Keys on or off" can cause some really confusing behavior if you don't know what is happening.
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85 Worgen Druid
I just ran into this on Windows 7 with Photoshop CS4 .
(I know, it's and old version but PS is pricey.)
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90 Human Mage
Hey guys.
Wanted to thank everyone for this thread its helped me and saved me from irritation.
I have an HP Pavilion dv7 running windows 7.
The escape key wasn't working for me as well.
Thanks to your thread I was able to see that having Adobe CS3 open was causing the problem.
Just wanted to let you know that the issue is not limited to Macs.

Thanks again!
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Blizzard Employee
Can y'all post your OS versions, so we can see what OS X versions this is happening in?

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90 Worgen Druid
I am also having this issue.

My ESCAPE key will bind to other actions but not to toggle the Main Menu. I have reassigned it in the Key Bindings Interface several times. I can assign NO OTHER key to the Main Menu either.

I do not have Photoshop installed as some have.

I am running an iMac with OC 10.8.2 2.66 GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo processor w/ 4 GB RAM
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Blizzard Employee
Have you tried to reset your keybinds all together and see if it works?

We're investigating the photoshop reports with various PC and Mac and see if the escape key event is being tapped by PS and not WoW when running. Thanks for the reports.
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I'm running Windows 7 and had Photoshop Elements 9 open and had the ESC key problem.
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81 Tauren Shaman
I don't see this happening with my installation of Photoshop CS3.

Do you guys have 3rd party Photoshop plug-ins installed?
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Blizzard Employee
^^ This.

We need to know this information to better look into this issue.
Edited by Machkhan on 2/20/2013 10:39 AM PST
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100 Blood Elf Paladin
Hello - and I apologize for the bump but Google brought me here.

I too was having trouble with the ESC key and when I closed Photoshop CS3, it began to work again. I am running on Windows 8 64 Bit, though I couldn't tell you much else about my specs.

At any rate, I wanted to thank the person who mentioned closing Photoshop. I feel like you saved my life because this computer isn't even two months old. :)
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100 Worgen Hunter
try closing photoshop or any other programs that are running besides wow
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90 Dwarf Hunter
I also had this problem. After reading this thread, I noticed I was running Photoshop Elements 8.0 on Win7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1. I closed Elements and restarted WoW, and the Escape key works in WoW as expected now.
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**Assign the ESC key to "Toggle Game Menu" under the "Interface Panel Functions" section in Key Bindings, if you are here because of a Key Bindings mishap.
Edited by Quaestorial on 6/11/2013 8:52 PM PDT
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90 Blood Elf Priest
I confirm that Photoshop being open in the background can cause this ESC key problem.
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Confirmed, this was my problem as well. Esc immediately began working once I closed PS
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I just had the same problem, and it was driving me crazy! Thanks Xormond! I'm using CS3 with WoW in windowed full-screen, and yes, this is still a problem as of today! Seems hard to blame it on Adobe when the ESC key works in all other cases and WoW is the only place it doesn't work, but you never know. Note to anyone else having this issue: after closing Photoshop, I had to restart the game in order for the key to start working again.
Edited by Fiddlewidget on 3/31/2014 1:40 PM PDT
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90 Human Rogue
my esc wont work as well, so I cant go to interface and fix things for other stuff.
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90 Night Elf Rogue
i am having the issue i might have accidently bound my escape key to something else or maybe my menu key to something else and now i can not bring up the menu. is there a way i can get the menu to pull up
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100 Tauren Paladin
I am having the same issue using photoshop CS2, but on a PC running windows 7, not a mac
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