I use only a few specific tools in photoshop. I frequently alt for zooming and color picking, to the point where my finger is always on it and frequently holding it down.

Unfortunately when you alt+click a tool, it cycles through the tools in that tool stack.

This always leads me to picking the wrong tool, and it's happened literally thousands of times.

Please tell me there's a way to disable to extremely annoying "feature".

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    Just learn the shortcuts of the tools then you won't have this issue... Sep 4, 2021 at 2:42
  • thank you for the terrible suggestion
    – stackers
    Sep 4, 2021 at 18:03
  • ? Why terrible ? Shortcuts are much faster and easier to use compared to clicking the tool in the tool bar. Sep 5, 2021 at 4:59
  • because I already have mouse shortcuts for the ones I use most often, and I'm not going to memorize 30 seldom used hotkeys, it's much easier to just click them
    – stackers
    Sep 5, 2021 at 15:20

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There's no option in the Preferences for disabling the Alt+click functionality in tool groups, as far as I know.

You might want to try customizing the toolbar instead. If so, use Edit > Toolbar. You can change or remove tool groups in the Cusomize Toolbar dialog. You can click and drag tools out of a group and into the Extra Tools column if you don't need them, or click and drag a tool out of a group, so it's a single item. Obviously if there isn't a group, then Alt will do nothing.

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  • can't believe i didn't know about this feature! this is perfect, thank you
    – stackers
    Sep 4, 2021 at 17:28

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