File Extension Library

.KYS File Extension

  • Developer by: Adobe Systems
  • Category: Settings Files

What is an .KYS file?

.KYS file extension is created by Adobe Systems. .KYS has been classified as Settings Files.

.KYS is Adobe Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts File

A KYS file contains keyboard shortcuts created by Photoshop, a professional graphics editing program. It saves custom key combinations used to trigger menu options and other commands. KYS files allow shortcuts to be restored between installations of Photoshop.

KYS files can be created and loaded from Photoshop's Keboard Shortcuts & Menus window, which can be opened by choosing Window → Workspace → Keyboard Shortcuts & Menus... from the application menu.

Examples of common Photoshop keyboard shortcuts include Cmd-Shift-N for creating a new layer, and Cmd-Opt-I, which opens the resizing window. Functions that that don't have default shortcuts, such as the Brightness/Contrast window, can have their own shortcuts applied and saved to a KYS file. Default shortcuts may also be overwritten.

NOTE: KYS files are also used by Adobe Illustrator.

List of all softwares that can open the Adobe Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts File
Adobe Photoshop CC 2019
Adobe Illustrator CC 2019
Adobe Photoshop CC 2019
Adobe Illustrator CC 2019

How to Open .KYS file on different platforms

Open .KYS File on Windows

  • Right-click a .KYS
  • Left-click "Open With" > "Choose another app"
  • Select the program that opens .KYS file and Select check box "Always use this app to open .KYS files" Press "Ok"

Open .KYS File on Mac

  • Right-click (or Ctrl + Left-click) the .KYS file
  • Click "Open With" > "Other.."
  • Then choose another program from the app list and press "Open"
  • Select check box "Turn on" for "Always open in app"

Open .KYS File on Linux

Right click on the .KYS file, choose "Open with" and select a program from the list above

Open .KYS File on iPhone

Select a file. If you don't see an application to open the .KYS file, tap "Share" and choose the right app.
Method 2
Save the file. Then open the app «Files». Touch and hold the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. After that tap "Share" and select an application.

Open .KYS File on Android

Tap the Settings icon on an Android smartphone, then select «Applications». Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner of the screen, to change the default apps.
If you want to open, edit, save or even convert .KYS files on Android, then your best bet is to download one of the dedicated apps available on Google Play.

How to fix problems with .KYS files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .KYS files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .KYS file format
  2. You need to check the .KYS file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)