When I click Select and Mask, all the menus gray out.

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If I save the document, the menus come back. In other words, Select and Mask is not working.
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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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Is ‘Select & Mask’ itself not working, or are all menus greyed out when you work in Select & Mask? I am typing this on my iPad so I can’t check it, but I believe that greyed out menus are normal when you are in the Select & Mask dialog. That dialog has its own tools, sliders and buttons, and so the other Photoshop menus are not supposed to work at that time.
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Select and Mask is not working and all menus except View and Windows are grayed out except a few in Select: All, Deselect, Inverse and Subject. In file the Open and Save commands are available.
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OK, start by giving more information. Which version of Photoshop, which OS. Don't say 'latest version', give a number. Then describe what 'not working' means. What does (not) happen when you try to use it? Like I said, most menus are supposed to de dimmed when the Select & Mask window is present, so what you describe sounds completely normal.
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Yes, of course! 19.1.2, OS 10.13.6. Select and Mask disappears. I can't do anything at all in the first 8 menus item except Deselect, All, Subject and Inverse under Select. I cna't even access About Photoshop CC.
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Howdy Mike,

If there are reason that you don't update your application version?  Just a thought.  What you're seeing is REALLY unusual...  Try resetting as Johan suggested.

Thanks,
David
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I just updated PS. No change. Also resetting prefs had no effect.
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Hey Mike,

Sounds like you have something really wrong with your setup.  Would you be up to do a web-hosted screenshare with me to get to the bottom of it?  All you need is a network connection and a phone line (so we can have an independent communication channel -- I can call you so there's no cost).  This would allow me to see what you're seeing in real time and try a few different things to fix your problem.

Let me know,
Thanks,
David
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Yes, I could do that. Later today? Not much time next week until Friday.
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The work flow is very simple. I simply make a selection. Click Select and Mask, Select and Mask disappears and the menus are greyed.I hit command S, then cancel the Save and the menus come back.
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Like I said two times already: the menu behavior is perfectly normal. However, for some reason it seems that the Select & Mask interface is not showing. I noticed that your document is a smart object, so maybe try this again with a normal image just to see if that has anything to do with it (it shouldn't).
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Tried again with a normal image. No difference. OK. I see you are right about the normal behavior. (Please excuse my obtusity!) It's just that Select and Mask does not show. 
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Try resetting the Photoshop preferences to see if that helps. https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/preferences.html
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Resetting preferences did not help.
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Then I'm out of ideas, except updating your version of Photoshop to the latest version, which is not 19.1.2 but 20.0.5.
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Thanks for your efforts. I'm going to consult further with the Adobe rep. And I did update, but no improvement.