Photoshop CS5: Eraser tool no longer a choice

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As of this week Eraser tool is no longer a choice in CS5 on 2 Macs.  Only Eraser E.  I cannot uninstall because this is not in either Adobe CS5 folders.  Can you tell me how to restore my Eraser?
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What isn't available about the Eraser tool?
And what else have you changed on the system lately? (because Photoshop CS5 hasn't changed in several years)
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There have been no system changes.  I spoke with an Apple Advisor today and reinstalled the CS5 Folder from a year old backup.   
It also has Eraser E only.  I've explored every dropdown menu etc. and there is no Eraser without an E.  If CS5 has information from an image, that may be the problem.  I had scans of 2 1948 newspaper articles.  I put them together about a week ago and annotated them on my iMac.  I found better copies had been made a few years ago, so I tried to erase the annotations and correct them.  There was no eraser I could use to enable me to select my background and erase. I moved them to my MacBookPro and found no eraser there. As I use CS5 all the time, I'd surely have noticed it.  
Are you able to access CS5 on a Mac?   
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I JUST SAW SOMETHING.  It no longer shows the eraser without an E, but when I chose eraser and clicked on the background, I got the eraser. NOW HOW DO I CHANGE IT'S SIZE???
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All three of the eraser tools have the shortcut 'E'.
So I have no idea what you mean by Eraser without an E.
Nothing would hide tools in Photoshop CS5 (toolbar customization is a recent feature).

You need to provide more information for us to figure out what you are talking about.
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The eraser was not a feature on CS3, so I cannot show it to you.


I have 104 GB of pictures on one Mac. I use only Photoshop and know what I am talking about.  


On March 31, 2016, I was able to add the correction to the annotation on the attached picture.    


As the picture will show, the black eraser track is its apparent former size but the drop-down window does not show the drop-down menu for this eraser.  


Nothing in any book describes how I have successfully used Photoshop these many years.  Neither is there anything online.

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Photoshop CS3 had three eraser tools: Eraser Tool, Background Eraser Tool, and Magic Eraser Tool.

You're clicking in the brush preset picker in the Eraser tool options bar.
Look on the tool bar (on the left of your screen) for the Eraser tools and the flyout to see the hidden tools (the ones you rotate through when you press Shift-E).

What exactly is it that you cannot find?
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I do not remember it looking that way...but the picture shows you I'm not as young as I used to be.  

My sincere and heartfelt thanks, Mr. Cox.