Photoshop: Holding ctrl won't make the current tool function like the regular move tool

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when I press ctrl; instead of acting like the move tool, it seems to select the visible layers that the rectangle surrounds or touches and the layer I was on, if the layer was in a group folder then it will select the group. and it willl still not move after having done so, however it will move if I double click, but then it will move the layer those specific pixels were on. Any idea what's causing this?
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Ulrik Nilssen

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Chris Cox

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Which version of Photoshop are you using?
Which OS version are you using?
Which tool are you using when you try to do this?

Did you change the autoselect option in the move tool options bar?
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Ulrik Nilssen

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I use photoshop cc, it updated recently
windows 7.
Usually the brush tool, however the same thing happens when I use any other tool

I didn't know it had anything like that. I checked the auto-select and now its working properly.

Thanks a bunch for the quick response. sorry I didn't see the auto-select earlier.
:D
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Having the same problem here. Photoshop cc 2015.1 release on windows 10.

It seems that whatever the move tool is set to is reversed when using ctrl on other tools like the brush. So if it's set to autoselect, it will do that when you have the move tool selected (choosing a layer you click on). But if you select the brush and hold Ctrl to move something autoselect will not work and you'll move the layer you have selected. Selecting the move tool and switching autoselect off reverses the behavior.

Seems like some kind of oversight.
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Chris Cox

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Yeah, something is kind of messed up in that area. We are investigating.
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