Photoshop: Interesting character spacing bug

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Noticed an odd occurrence in Photoshop. If you select a single character in a text layer, and then in the character window, adjust the letter spacing number by highlighting it and using the up and down arrow keys to make adjustments in increments of 20, BUT if you don't hit enter, but instead select a second letter of type on same type path, it will not only apply the adjustment you made to the first selected layer but will also apply it to the second selected layer. Typically if you typed a number and then hit Enter, no problem but noticed while testing that if you type a number but before hitting enter select a different letter it only applies the adjustment to the newly selected character and not the previously selected one. Just an odd thing I cam across. 
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Clif Watson

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Howdy Clif,
If I'm understanding you correctly, what you're seeing is how the feature is supposed to work.  Until you confirm a change, it isn't applied.  So changing characters without confirming should indeed apply the change to whatever IS selected.

But perhaps I'm not fully following.  If not, would you mind doing a quick video or a step-by-step where you specify which specific controls you're manipulating?  Or we could do a web-hosted screenshare so you could demo.
Thanks,David
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Sure thing David, don't think I explained the oddity correctly. Video below, wish I made example text small so that Character window was larger but I'll walk through what is going on if its too small on screen. 
In the top line I select the O in ARROWS and after selecting the letter spacing amount in the Character panel, I hit the down arrow on the keyboard twice that takes it to -40. Now without hitting the return button or enter button I use the mouse to select the A in SPACE. As soon as I select the A it applies the -40 to O in ARROW as well as the A in SPACE. 

Moving to the next line, I select the U in NUMBERS and this time type -20 in the input box, normally when typing you would hit enter of course but for this example to show the difference I just move the cursor to the C in SPACE and this time it only applies the change to the C not to the U in NUMBERS as well. 

In testing it, with text entry to get it to match behavior you would have to type the number, not hit enter, highlight the number you typed and then go and highlight the second character and it would apply. 

But everything works as expected with entering text, its using the arrow keys that seems to be the disconnect for me and while its not a part of my normal work flow to adjust letter spacing that way, really think I've only ever do that with one really big word where those big +20 or -20 increments are actually small moves, I just have to remember to hit enter to confirm (but not twice and make a line break) because I don't think I've ever wanted to apply the same letter spacing to another letter so I always have to select and adjust the second letter correctly have it auto applies.