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Tool change mystery

I was just working on an image in Ps and the tool I was using changed to a small plus sign. Then I noticed all my tools now look like a plus sign. What did I accidentally do and how do I correct it?

I know what a Wacom tablet is, Sam, I just have a habit of calling them a tablet. Sorry.

I turn my computer off at night so it's been restarted with no effect on the problem. I just tried resetting Ps's prefs. No help there either.


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This is so baffling and does not make any sense. If it's not the OS (Sierra is the usual culprit), not a preference change, not the CAPS LOCK key, not a Wacom tablet. Computer restart does not help or resetting Ps prefs..........like this........

Start Photoshop and immediately hold down Ctrl+Alt+Shift (Windows)
or Command+Option+Shift (Mac OS X).
Then, click Yes to the message, "Delete the Adobe Photoshop Settings file?"

..........................the only other thing I can suggest at this point is for you to uninstall Ps and do a clean install.
The mystery continues... I finally gave up looking for the reason many of my tools looked like a small + sign. Then as fast as it came it went away. Was working on Ps last night and all of a sudden my tools went back to working normally. Go figure??? I have no idea why.