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I have autoselect layer unchecked but clicking with Type tool changes layers, and other Type issues

Apr 04, 2020

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I created a new layer and verified that I have autoselect unchecked in the Move tool. 

I then click into my new layer and Photoshop changes layers to another Text layer, every time. 

Also, even if I do use the layer it's forcing me onto, I'm not able to drag a text box. It just starts with the blinking cursor.

The only way I've managed to drag a text box on the new layer is if I do something else first, like use the pen tool and then I was able to drag a text box, but that's not optimal and I'm not sure that the behavior would even be consistent.

Then I go to change font color and every time it reverts back to black. 

Plus, (on Mac) holding Delete won't delete multiple characters. It just deletes one and then stops. 

Super frustrating. I could have sworn text boxes were working fine for me a month ago.

I can post a screen capture video if that's allowed? Or, anyone have an idea of what could be going on?

Thank you for your help.

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Correct answer by PECourtejoie | Adobe Community Professional

Hello, yes, a video could help, maybe put a youtube one, so that we can see the issue.

Remember also, to get help quikly, to give your Photoshop version you can find it in the menu Photoshop>About Photoshop, and your operating system, including its version number, as there might be bugs unique to this combination.

 

If you are trying to create a text box or a text line next to an existing layer, it will automatically target it, regardless of the autoselect layer settings.

To avoid that, shift+click instead of simply clicking.

 

If you have recurring issues, it might be useful to reset the text tool, by a right-click on its icon in the Option Bar, resettools.png

and/or resetting the character palette by going to its panel menu located on its top right. resetchar.png

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I have autoselect layer unchecked but clicking with Type tool changes layers, and other Type issues

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I created a new layer and verified that I have autoselect unchecked in the Move tool. 

I then click into my new layer and Photoshop changes layers to another Text layer, every time. 

Also, even if I do use the layer it's forcing me onto, I'm not able to drag a text box. It just starts with the blinking cursor.

The only way I've managed to drag a text box on the new layer is if I do something else first, like use the pen tool and then I was able to drag a text box, but that's not optimal and I'm not sure that the behavior would even be consistent.

Then I go to change font color and every time it reverts back to black. 

Plus, (on Mac) holding Delete won't delete multiple characters. It just deletes one and then stops. 

Super frustrating. I could have sworn text boxes were working fine for me a month ago.

I can post a screen capture video if that's allowed? Or, anyone have an idea of what could be going on?

Thank you for your help.

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Correct answer by PECourtejoie | Adobe Community Professional

Hello, yes, a video could help, maybe put a youtube one, so that we can see the issue.

Remember also, to get help quikly, to give your Photoshop version you can find it in the menu Photoshop>About Photoshop, and your operating system, including its version number, as there might be bugs unique to this combination.

 

If you are trying to create a text box or a text line next to an existing layer, it will automatically target it, regardless of the autoselect layer settings.

To avoid that, shift+click instead of simply clicking.

 

If you have recurring issues, it might be useful to reset the text tool, by a right-click on its icon in the Option Bar, resettools.png

and/or resetting the character palette by going to its panel menu located on its top right. resetchar.png

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Yes, you can post a screen capture.

 

  • How are you creating your layers? You state that your are creating a layer, then clicking in it with the type tool. When you click with the Type tool, that will either create a new layer or put an insertion point in an existing layer.
  • Look in your Layers panel as you work. What do you see there?
  • To reset the Type tool, select the Type tool without being on a type layer. Right click the Type tool in the options bar (not Toolbar) and reset,
  • If it is still flakey, go to Preferences > General > Reset Preferences on Quit (after backing up any customization), but don't do that just yet.

~ Jane

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Hello, yes, a video could help, maybe put a youtube one, so that we can see the issue.

Remember also, to get help quikly, to give your Photoshop version you can find it in the menu Photoshop>About Photoshop, and your operating system, including its version number, as there might be bugs unique to this combination.

 

If you are trying to create a text box or a text line next to an existing layer, it will automatically target it, regardless of the autoselect layer settings.

To avoid that, shift+click instead of simply clicking.

 

If you have recurring issues, it might be useful to reset the text tool, by a right-click on its icon in the Option Bar, resettools.png

and/or resetting the character palette by going to its panel menu located on its top right. resetchar.png

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Thank you both for your detailed feedback.

 

It seems like resetting the tool worked!

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