I want to start this out with the statement that this issue doesn't happen all the time and it never starts out when starting Illustrator. Since the 26.5 update after using Illustrator for at least 30 minutes, a weird glitch starts to occur where when I switch tools my Illustrator isn't not showing the cursor icon as the tool that I have equipped. The cursor will stay on the Selction tool but I can switch between Direct Select, Type, Artboard, etc.
Once I had the cursor stay as the Type icon which made using any of the other tools even more difficult. This happens whether I am using Hot Keys to switch tools or even the Tool Bar. I am not the only one this has happend to, I warned my co-workers about this issue after the update and it started happening to them after they also updated their Illustrator. Restarting Illustrator fixes the issue but with how often this issue occurs it would make working with Illustrator really challenging.
Hello Conlan Disch,
Sorry to hear about this experience. I would request you try resetting Illustrator's preferences by following the steps shared in this article (https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/kb/troubleshoot-preference-issues.html) and sharing your observations.
Disclaimer: Please note that resetting preferences will remove all custom settings, and Illustrator will launch with the defaults. You may take a backup of these settings from the location mentioned in the article.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
I had the same issue and this does seem to have solved it, but I'm not thrilled with having spent years making little tweaks to the toolbars, shortcuts, actions and triggering keys to maximize Illustrator efficiency for my workflow...
...only to have to throw it all away to fix this issue.
After trying this, it worked for meybe 2 days at most and then the problem persisted.