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Help! Curser changes into a spinning wait curser

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May 02, 2019

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Every time I try to use a tool (brush, pencil, eraser, etc) the curser changes into the spinning wait curser as I draw/erase until I stop. I'm using the 30-day trial of Photoshop Elements 2019, on a MacBook Air using the built-in mousepad. Is this a bug? Or is there some way to turn this off?

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Help! Curser changes into a spinning wait curser

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May 02, 2019

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Every time I try to use a tool (brush, pencil, eraser, etc) the curser changes into the spinning wait curser as I draw/erase until I stop. I'm using the 30-day trial of Photoshop Elements 2019, on a MacBook Air using the built-in mousepad. Is this a bug? Or is there some way to turn this off?

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Do you have a second version of Elements (earlier or otherwise) on the same computer? I found that this was my problem and the spinning beach ball drove me crazy. Once I got rid of the earlier version, all was well.

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Thank you! I do still have an old version on my laptop (PS Elements 8) while trying out the new one. I've been reluctant/afraid to give it up because it still has the Color Variations tool which I still use constantly to make something a little more red, a little less blue, a little more green, etc. with just the click of a button. But it's more important to be able to see the cursor, so time to bite the bullet and let it go..  Thanks so much for the quick response!

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May 03, 2019

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There should be absolutely no reason why Elements 8 is interfering with Elements 2019 unless you have a process from a second version running at the same time. (And, even then, I doubt whether it would make a difference.) They are two entirely separate programs. Although you are seeing the spinning ball, it sounds like the tools are actually working without a problem.  Is that the case?  Can you give us a screen shot of the cursor when this happens.

What OS are you using and when did you download the trial program?  Are you using the Organizer?  If so, there is a lot of background analysis taking place for the first period of use.  (That can be several weeks if you have a large catalog.)  Try turning off auto-analysis in Elements Organizer preferences and see whether it makes a difference.

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Yes, the tools are are working fine, it's just that I can't see the cursor when I'm drawing because of the spinning ball. I've tried taking screenshots, but the spinning wait cursor strangely doesn't show up in the screenshot.

Mac OS 10.14.4

I downloaded the trial version 7 days ago

I'm not using the Organizer. It's not open. But I went in and changed the preferences to turn off auto-analysis anyway, just in case. No change.

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I know nothing about Macs, but try going to the Editor's Preferences>Display and Cursors dialog.  See if poking around there makes any difference.  Maybe use the Reset button.

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I too am having problems with the spinning beach ball but in Elements 19. I have carried out the above ,turning off auto-analysis. I also have ver.17.

Unfortunately for me I have bought the program, so it's either dl some other program or keep putting up with the spinning ball, which I am not prepared to do.

Totally fed up with Adobe releasing such a program with these faults.

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I ended up buying it and I'm still getting that spinning ball while trying to draw and/or erase. Super annoying and makes it impossible to be precise!

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Well I am not prepared to put up with it. So I have DL ON1 and this seems good.

Wonder if I can get a refund from Adobe ?.

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