Clicking a mask changes my tool to the eyedropper

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I'm not sure if this issue is caused by a bug within Photoshop, or if it's something caused by Apple or Wacom software working with PS, but it only happens on one of our computers (late 2011 iMac) so it's an oddity.

When I have any tool selected (brush for insistence) and I click on the mask attached to an adjustment layer, the tool swiftly (half a second) turns into the Move tool and then the eyedropper. It remains the eyedropper until I switch it back to the tool I want to use. (for example, back to the brush) As long as I remain in that selected mask, Photoshop works as expected, but if I click on the mask of another adjustment layer, same result.

This doesn't happen when I click a mask on a group or a layer that is not an adjustment, which is what makes it mind boggling. What is it about the adjustments that causes the issue?

To problem solve. We have reinstalled our wacom drivers and CS5 with no change. It is not file specific, because when we open that same file on another machine, no issues. Is there some sort of setting we have accidentally activated in PS that is doing this, or is it actually a big?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Odd behavior indeed. But it doesn't sound like a bug (otherwise you would see the same behavior on both computers). I'd suggest resetting the preferences on both the Wacom and Photoshop (uninstalling doesn't necessarily do this as these settings files are stored elsewhere).

Hold down Command+Option+Shift while launching Photoshop, you should be prompted to delete the setting file.

For Wacom, go to the Wacom Tablet Utility and click the Remove button under Preferences.