Photoshop: How can I select a color adjustment layer inside layers panel without auto selecting its value inside properties panel?

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Not sure if this is is part of the new 2019 PS 20.0.2 update - it didn't seems to bother me before but now, as i select a color adjustment layer within my Layers panel - i find that one of its properties value is automatically selected within the Properties panel (for instance selecting a Hue/Saturation layer will select its hue value; selecting a Color Balance layer will select its cyan/red value...). To deselect its Properties value i must ESC - before i can, for instance, change its opacity directly with keyboard shortcuts numbers - otherwise it would be modifying its value instead of its opacity... Having to ESC first si really bothering me. Any idea how i can change this preference?
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Tristan Chapuis

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Howdy Tristan,

I can't reproduce what you're describing on either Windows or Mac.  When I click on an Adjustment Layer, I can immediately press 9 to change my Opacity of that layer to 90% without needing to press ESC.

Are you using a Tablet or an unusual keyboard or ???

Thanks,
David
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HI David, usual mac keyboard, actually my "Auto Select Parameter" for hsl and color balance was checked (by default)...
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I'm not able to reproduce either... Tristan, have you tried a preference reset?
In the video here:
https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/preferences.html
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In the Properties panel menu, uncheck "Auto Select Parameter"

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Thx Jeffrey this solve it !
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Well, looky there! 
Tested this for a quick sec, Jeff, and noticed that hsl fields don't get auto-selected most of the time.
Using win10 with 20.0.2
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David, i went ahead and did a pref wipe and the behavior is still there, but is working as expected a little more often than before. Seems like it misbehaves 100% of the time if i click a normal layer before going to the adj layer, but will work half the time if i go from one adj layer to another.
What is considered a sidecar app? I don't have a whole lot of crazy stuff installed on this machine... yet.
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Ha! Figured it out... there's a conflict with auto-select targeted adj tool.
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i'm also able to reproduce in OSX on the black and white adj layer when auto-select tat is active.
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Howdy Eartho,

Thanks for the extra detective work.  I appreciate it.  But I want to make sure that we're talking about the same thing.

When I do this, Win and Mac behave the same.  If Auto-Select Parameter is checked, then the first input field also automatically gains focus on click.  But when I uncheck, this no longer happens.  I did notice that on Windows, when you uncheck/check, the change isn't reflected in the check state until you go to a new layer and I'm now logging that bug, but otherwise, everything is looking good to me.  I want to confirm that you're not seeing anything else, 'cause it kinda sounds like you are and neither Jeff nor I can repro.

Thanks!
David
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Hey David, the 'bug' i'm flagging here is that if both the auto-select parameter and auto-select targeted adjustment tool (tat) are active, then in adj layers which have a tat tool available, the parameter will be deselected since Ps is targeting the tat tool instead of the number field.