My hand was in the wrong position when I was trying to type something, and I broke my layers panel and move tool.
This is not an "Auto-Select" issue. I have never had a problem with AS, but per some other threads, I tried turning it off just in case, but nothing changed.
I cannot grab layers in the layer panel. When I do, the "grabbing fist" blinks, but returns to the "open hand". I can't rearrange the layers, drag to the "new layer" icon and duplicate my layers, nor can I even move my layer masks.
Additionally, my move tool does nothing. I have to use the transform tool to move things.
I have seen other threads, but the fixes seem to be go to a previous version (I've downgraded three times to no avail), and any random mix of resetting Photoshop and restarting my machine multiple times.
I'm confident this was a user error, and not a bug, but ... I'm trying everything I can.