Plain clicking on a toolbox item immediately (not after a hold-down and click) opens its options

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Feb 11, 2007
Plain clicking on a toolbox item immediately (not after a hold-down and click) opens its options

This is a weird problem in that [1] it just started today, [2] Photoshop was recently reinstalled from the CD two weeks ago, [3] I never once saw an issue like this, and [4] searching with terms such as "toolbox options click" and "tools click immediately" in both the forums and the knowledgebase was impossible. All right, so let’s say that I want to select the marquee. Normally, I would have to hold down the mouse button for around 0.25 seconds in order to get its options to appear. But just today, the instant that I click on the marquee tool (or any other tool with the arrow at the lower right corner), the options appear, and I have to do a second click to make them go away. (Actually, there is still a delay, but instead of 0.25 seconds, it’s more like 0.05 seconds. So, a very quick tap of the mouse button works to avoid the problem, but I don’t work with computers like that.) In other words, the options immediately appear upon clicking, and this never used to be.

I restarted Photoshop, but the problem remained. I tried removing the Photoshop-related preferences out of my preference folder and then reopening Photoshop, but the problem remained. I even removed the Adobe folder from both Application Support folders (Hard Drive and user), but the problem still persisted. This problem does not exist in ImageReady.

So, what’s going on?

iMac G5
Mac OS X 10.4.8
1.25GB RAM
Photoshop 7.0.1 and ImageReady 7.0.1

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Feb 11, 2007
Try adjusting your system’s mouse prefs.

Maybe try ditching the preferences (.plist file) for your mouse and rebuilding them?
Feb 11, 2007
Very strange indeed. The double-click speed is in sync with the speed of toolbox item option menus.

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