Photoshop: Why do color samplers keep appearing?

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What inadvertent keyboard command am I invoking to constantly invoke color samplers? I don't use 'em, but I'm constantly having to dismiss them from the info palette.
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Jesse Mellon

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Chris Cox

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Do you use the eyedropper tool a lot?
Pressing shift while using the eyedropper places a color sampler.
(made worse on MacOS 10.6.5-10.6.6 by an OS bug that makes modifiers "stick", but 10.6.7 should have fixed that)
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Pressing the [Shift] key while clicking with the Eyedropper tool will create new color samplers on your document.

You can permanently disable Color Samplers by choosing Color Samplers from the Info panel flyout menu.

More information can be seen here in the help documentation:

Adjusting color samplers
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Good point, Chris.

It's likely you are seeing this issue now that I think about it. Updating to 10.6.7 should correct the problem. Details and instructions here:

Macintosh OS X 10.6.7 update addresses Photoshop sticky modifier key issue
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Hmmm, I'm running 10.6.7. I'm probably just shift-happy when I use the eyedropper (I use it quite a bit). Thanks very much!
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OK. Thanks for the update/clarification. It's always a bit of a guessing game to some issues/questions out.
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Additionally, while using some tools (e.g. the Brush Tool), holding down the Alt (Win) or Option (Mac) key will temporarily activate the Eyedropper Tool. So if you are using the Brush Tool and Shift+Alt(Option)+Click, you will leave a sample point.

-Brett