Photoshop: Spacebar issues with Photoshop CC on a Mac

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I've been having some issues with the hand tool using the spacebar. Two things keep happening. First, it will occasionally stay on the hand tool after I stop pressing the spacebar and I have to tap the spacebar a few times to get it to switch off. Second, sometimes the hand tool won't activate when I press the spacebar, and I have to hit it multiple time to get it to activate.

At first I thought the problem was with my keyboard since I was using a keyboard that was over a decade old. It seemed reasonable that the spacebar was just wearing out. so I replaced it with a brand new Apple keyboard with Numeric Keypad. However, the problem was still occurring. I then tried using my wife's keyboard that she uses on her PC, and the problem was occurring with that one as well.

Since the problem occurs regardless of the keyboard and I don't have any problems in any other application, I now suspect the problem is with Photoshop. I'm wondering if there are any known issues that sound similar to this and if so is there a fix?

I'm using Ps CC (which is currently up to date) on a MacBook Pro.
Processor: 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7
Memory: 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
OS: OS X 10.9.3
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Hi Charles,

See solution 2 here: