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By default when sampling colors in Photoshop with the eyedropper the color selected shows up as the foreground color, currently when i try sampling a color it sets it as the background color -how can i fix this error? (any clues how this change occurred?)

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Is your Alt or Option key stuck? If not, reset the preferences. –  Scott Apr 19 '13 at 17:17
    
@Scott no everything is the way it should be-that was the first think i checked when this behavior started –  Pastel Apr 19 '13 at 17:35
    
@Scott I am reluctant to reset all preferences & thats why im asking this question –  Pastel Apr 19 '13 at 17:36
    
Well, there's no substitute for resetting prefs. If something isn't operating as expected that's the first line of troubleshooting. You can always move preferences files and restart the app to see if that corrects the issue. –  Scott Apr 19 '13 at 20:25
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You need to left-click on Foreground colour swatch in your Color panel. The tricky part is to determine if Foreground or Background colour swatch is selected.

This is probably what you have now:

Background colour swatch selected Background colour swatch selected (magnified)

And this is how it should look like:

Foreground colour swatch selected Foreground colour swatch selected (magnified)

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