How can I tell which brush I have selected

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After selecting a tool or a brush from my Tool Presets menu in CS6, I use it for a while and then say, what a swell tool; I'd like to use it more often, I wonder which one it is? But there's no way to know.

The Tool Presets list shows no highlight on the current tool, nor does the Brush Presets list. Neither is any information on the current tool to be seen on any menu, in any window, or in any info box that I can find. I can't think of a good reason for this. Is there a way to allow the current Tool Preset to be highlighted in some obvious manner?
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Chris Cox

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Brush presets does show a highlight, and even maintains the highlight after you change the brush in Photoshop CC 2014.
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Thanks for the rapid reply, Chris Cox. So in CS6 there's no highlight on the current tool in any lists? But in the CC version there is a highlight?
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Correct - the tool presets do not have such a highlight. Only the brush presets do, and the persistent highlight is only in CC 2014.
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Good to know. I suppose in CS6 there's no other mechanism or alert that identifies the tool currently in use, such as a notifier in the corner, or the Tool Name in a menu bar somewhere? But perhaps in CC?
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The tool currently in use is shown in the options bar.

The tool preset last selected will be highlighted in the tool preset picker/palette until you change the tool settings and they no longer match the preset.