You can create guides by clicking-and-dragging on the vertical or horizontal rulers. By holding Alt, Option on the Mac, you can flip the guide to the opposite direction as you create it.
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In Photoshop CC, with the Move Tool selected you can hover over an object while holding Ctrl (Mac: Command) to reveal measurement guides between the currently selected layer and the layer that you are hovering over.
To automatically show or hide iconic panels when working in Photoshop CS6 or newer, press Ctrl K (Mac: Command K) to open the Preferences Panel. In the Workspace Tab check the Auto-Collapse Iconic Panels checkbox to enable it (or right click on the panel tab and select this option). This option makes it so that panels […]
To see the distance of two objects in Photoshop, select one layer, then select the Move tool. Hold Ctrl (Mac: Command) while then hover over the layers to see the Smart Guides that will reveal the distance between the layers.
If you have multiple documents open you can cycle through tabs by pressing Ctrl (Mac: Command) Tab. To go in reverse press Shift Ctrl (Mac: Command) Tab.
A good way to zoom into (or out of) an image is to select the Zoom tool by pressing-and-holding Z on your keyboard, then left-click and drag to the right to zoom in, and drag to the left to zoom out. This works for Photoshop CS5 and newer.
If you accidentally open a panel or activate a tool did you did not intend to use press the Esc key to cancel.