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getting out of a tool

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Jan 19, 2023 Jan 19, 2023

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whenever i am using a tool like lasso or move and i am done - i cannot get out of that tool.   i have pressed escape a dozen times, i have done tool reset and reset all tools.   even if i close the program come back in and open a new file i will still be stuck in the tool mode i was DRIVING ME FRICKING CRAZY!!   how do i just get my cursor back.

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Jan 19, 2023 Jan 19, 2023

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Hi there,

 

Thanks for reaching out.

Which version of the application and Windows are you using? Does this happen with a new file?

You can try to reset the preferences of Photoshop using the steps mentioned here: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/preferences.html#reset_preferences.

Please back up your settings prior to resetting the preferences. You can check https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/preferences.html#BackupPhotoshoppreferences.

 

Let us know how it goes.

 

Regards,

Ranjisha

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Jan 19, 2023 Jan 19, 2023

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@janice28022800o9ro 

 

Hi Janice,

 

If you are talking about the tools in the Tools panel, you always have to have one tool chosen. Escape is for other features, but will not deselect tools, as you have found out. The Move tool is the default tool, so I usually click it or press the shortcut "V" if I don't want to be on a selection (or other) tool.

 

It's always been like this — at least since PS 3.0, when I started. It doesn't matter what your version or OS is. Creating a new file or resetting preferences won't change that.

 

As to your cursor disappearing, try pressing Caps Lock. Several folks have reported that brings the cursor back.

 

Jane

 

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As far as I know, you remain in the tool, until you select a new tool. What are you expecting to happen? What do you want the cursor to become?

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