Photoshop: Doesn't switch back to Ruler tool after making levels/curves adjustment

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If I have the Ruler tool selected and then make a levels or curves adjustment, Photoshop switches to the Eyedropper tool automatically. That may be necessary in order to allow you to set the white/black point while you're making your adjustment, but Photoshop ought to be polite enough to switch you back to the Ruler tool after you're done. It's very irritating to have to constantly switch back to the Ruler tool when I never explicitly selected another tool in the first place, especially when you're straightening a couple hundred scanned images. 99% of the time, I don't even use the Eyedropper tool when adjusting levels or curves, so for Photoshop to do this every single time without reason is just plain obnoxious.
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Photoshop does normally switch the tools back after you finish with the adjustment.

What version of Photoshop are you using?
What OS version?
What specific steps are you doing?
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A minute ago I would have categorically denied that, but now that I go back to record a video of happening, I find that it only sometimes happens. I'll try to determine how to reproduce it consistently.

This has been happening (off and on, apparently) ever since there has been a Ruler tool in Photoshop, on a Mac.
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It seems to happen consistently immediately after cropping the image. So to reproduce:

1. Make the Ruler tool the frontmost tool in its slot
2. Crop the image
3. Adjust levels/curves/saturation/etc
4. Ruler tool stays as the Eyedropper tool

I guess this is why it seemed to "always" happen for me. Using the ruler tool to straighten images and cropping images are two operations that go hand-in-hand.
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Which version of Photoshop are you using?
Which OS version?

3) are you using adjustment layers or the direct adjustments?
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It happens in Photoshop CC, and, I believe, any version of Photoshop before that that has the Ruler tool. (I've been experiencing the problem for years and years) It only happens with direct adjustments, not adjustment layers. Why don't you just try it? Surely you have a copy lying around.
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I did, and can't reproduce your result.
That's why I'm asking questions to narrow down what you are seeing, and to try to reproduce it.
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Here's the bug in a nut:

http://youtu.be/RuCp56wAuSM

You don't even have to make any actual color adjustments; just hit Command-L and cancel out of the dialog, and the eyedropper tool will remain.
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Nope, it switches back to the previous tool (ruler) every time I try it.

Again: Which exact version of Photoshop are you using (see Help->System Info)?

Again: Which OS version are you using?
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Version 14.2.1 x64 on Mac OS X 10.9.2, but again, this has happened with every single version of Photoshop that has had a Ruler tool. It doesn't just happen on one computer, either; it's happened on the last 5+ Macs I've had at work and at home. How about you post a video showing it working properly?
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It doesn't happen when I try it, or when other users here try it. No matter what I try in the adjustment dialogs, the tool always switches back to the previous tool when exiting the dialog (via OK or Cancel).

Same result in Photoshop CC, CS6, CS5, and CS4 -- the tool selected before entering the dialog is restored after leaving the dialog.

There is something about the way you have Photoshop setup, your system, or about the plugins you have installed that is causing this issue for you. And I have not heard of or seen this issue before, so I don't really know where to start troubleshooting your system.