Photoshop CS6: Trying to delete single anchor point deletes entire path

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Ok, this is getting weird and I have no clue what went wrong. When editing paths in PS, the white (= not solid) direct selection tool allows to select a single anchor point, and upon hitting "delete" on the keyboard, just that anchor point gets deleted. This is one way to turn a closed path into an open one. 

 For no reason at all (at least none that I ́m aware of....), out of the blue, in one particular file PS CS6 no longer allows to delete single anchor points, but instead deletes the entire path.

 To be more precise: Using the direct selection tool, I can select one single anchor point (which turns solid instead of remaining empty), but once I hit "delete", the entire path disappears.

 It gets stranger: If I open up a new PS file and make a closed path, suddenly I can delete single anchor points again. If I copy a path from the first (problematic) PS file into the new one, then too can I delete single anchor points again. And finally, a path from a new file copied and pasted into the problematic one suddenly will loose this ability and will be deleted upon selecting a single anchor point.

 So, it looks like I inadvertantly activated some peculiar setting in that first PS file which disables deletion of single anchor points alone, but I have no clue which mysterious button or setting that might have been.

 Any suggestions are appreciated!

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