The Chayey Adam was considered to be the "popular kitzur Shulchan Aruch" for almost a century before the "Kitzur Shulchan Aruch" was printed. Why did people stop learning the Chayey Adam and switch to the Kitzur?
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Because the CA only covers (mainly) Orach Chayim whereas KSA covers all four parts of Shulchan Aruch.