PHOTOSHOP CC 2015 - Path/Direct Select tool select mode randomly resets to Active Layers

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Not sure if anyone else has encountered this issue but I'll often find that when I'm trying to select a vector shape with either the Path or Direct Select tool I won't be able to because the tool has reset it's select mode to Active Layers. It took awhile to figure out what had gone wrong the first time because I assumed once I set the mode to All Layers it would stay that way. This is not the case.

It's not as if this happens when I first open Photoshop or a PSD either. I'll be working on a single PSD for a couple hours, swapping between tools etc. Then occasionally when I swap back to the vector selection tools the select mode will be reset to Active Layers.

I haven't been able to replicate this on purpose in order to figure out when/why it's happening but it does occur VERY frequently. Has anyone else encountered this and figured out why it happens?
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Jed Sweigard

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Posted 2 years ago

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Chris Cox

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Which version of Photoshop are you using?
Which OS version?
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Jed Sweigard

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Oh whoops, should have included that info.

I'm using Photoshop CC 2015.1 and Mac OS X 10.11.2
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Chris Cox

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Make sure you have the 2015.1.2 update installed.
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Yes, this happens all the time for me (and has for years, regardless of CC version, on at least two different PCs, on both Win7 and Win10). I've still not figured out whether it's a bug or there's something I'm doing that triggers the change each time. It's very annoying though, as I rely on the "all layers" functionality and never need the "active layers" functionality.
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As has been noted on the thread below, this bug is caused by opening and closing the preferences window:
https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/photoshop-cc-2015-5-1-direct-path-selection-t...