Photoshop CS6: How do reposition the crop area after selecting the crop tool?

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Problem: when I have the rectangular-marquis-selection tool chosen (but nothing selected), and then switch to the crop tool, I can't simply re-position the crop area—not re-size it, just move it around. If I click and drag like I'm going to move it, it draws a selection instead, with the crop boundaries still at the perimeter of my image. When I release the click-drag, the crop perimeter changes to the rectangle I've drawn. Once I hit undo, then the crop tool behaves properly, my cursor-icon switches from the marquis tool to the solid-arrow cursor and I can re-position the crop anywhere I want.

The crop tool may be behaving properly, in fact... therefore, my issue could merely be a subjective preference for what the initial behavior should be, for the crop tool?

I dunno...
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To move the crop rectangle, you need to activate the crop first. A single-click in the crop box or hitting the Enter key will accomplish that, after which you can move the crop box as you'd like. The default behavior of dragging out a crop box instead of moving the default one was chosen to minimize disruption to existing workflows. Sometimes it is quicker to just drag out a crop rectangle than to modify the default one.