Photoshop CC 2014.2: Infuriating "click through" behavior in Layers panel...

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I had seen this popping up randomly here and there, I think mostly in PS but perhaps also in AI, but today it's majorly p*ssing me off. About every fourth time I click/double-click a layer name, it "clicks through," switching to whatever app is behind the Layers panel. This is currently happening while I'm working with Adobe Generator layer names, so it could be that the back-end image generation is causing weirdness.

One other bug that's just as annoying:

1. Double-click a layer
2. Single click to a position in the name
3. Single click to another position in the name

The second single click will re-select the entire layer name. This is not an expected or logical behavior, so I have to assume that it's a bug.
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Chris Cox

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What OS version are you using?

And I haven't heard of anyone else with that problem...
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Whit Gurley

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OS X 10.9.2. And apparently at least one other person does - note the "2 people have this problem..." :)
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Chris Cox

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First thing, go install the updates to 10.9.5 to pick up all the OS bug fixes.
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Whit Gurley

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One correction: it doesn't seem to have to involve the filename at all, I just clicked through while single-clicking on a layer.
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Whit Gurley

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Good point, I'll try that. I hadn't wanted to bother with Yosemite and a new computer on the way, but that could very well be the culprit.
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Chris Cox

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I wouldn't try 10.10 yet - it seems to have quite a few problems.
But 10.9.5 fixed quite a few bugs.
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Whit Gurley

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Good to know. I'm still probably going to go ahead and put 10.10 on the new Mac because I want to start from that point with the new machine and not have to undergo two migrations, but I'll keep this in mind so that I don't expect too much. :)
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Are you using a Wacom tablet?
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Whit Gurley

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Nope, just a standard mouse.
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Whit Gurley

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Okay, so far so good with 10.9.5, I've clicked all over the Layers palette and am not getting the "click through" problem.

However, the "second single click problem" is still present. If this was a UI choice by the developers, I can't imagine what the logic is. Any single click other than the first single click in certain circumstances (such as the URL bar in a web browser) should merely change the cursor position, it's against every text editing behavior that I've ever seen for a non-first click to select all (and in case you wonder, no, I'm not double-clicking when I think I'm single-clicking).
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Double clicking a name to start an edit of that name (which selects the whole name) is a pretty well established UI pattern. And the OS generally gives us a "double click" event if the two (or more) clicks are within the time limit set in the system preferences.

The click "through" was a problem -- but that sounded a lot like an OS bug that was fixed (or at least much improved) in the 10.9 dot releases. (and I've lost track of that particular OS bug report and when it was fixed, so I wasn't positive it was the same thing)
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Sorry, maybe I'm not being clear, that does not describe what I'm seeing. Here's the use case:

1. Double-click the layer name (auto-selects entire name)
2. Pause (beyond double-click time limit), then single-click in the name (positions cursor at that point)
3. Pause (beyond double-click time limit), then single-click in the name (auto-selects entire name again)

To be clear: the second single-click is NOT part of a double-click, I get the same auto-select result if I wait ten seconds before clicking. Does this not happen on your end?

This behavior is especially frustrating when working with Generator minus the new UI (which is a great start, but I feel is still lacking). I often have to click in two different places to get everything setup properly in the name, sometimes with *many* layers involved, so that extra step of undoing the auto-select is tiresome and inefficient.
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Huh. That sounds like we're getting a double click event again. We'll take a look into it.
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Whit Gurley

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Hey Chris, I'm sorry to report that I experienced the click-through behavior again. This time I was clicking on the show/hide icon in the Layers panel (happened twice in ten minutes). It's possible that the behavior is less prominent in 10.9.5, and if I'm the only person experiencing it then it's probably a moot point anyway, but I figured it would be disingenuous to report it fixed when it's not.
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I've got it too. PS CC 2014 & OSX 10.8.5