Change the Eyedropper Tool back to default on the tool bar instead of the Color Theme Tool.
The standard Eyedropper Tool used to be the default option on the Tool bar. This was convenient for sampling colors as well as text styles. Now, there is no way to change the default from the Color Theme Tool to the Eyedropper. The Color Theme Tool has its place in Illustrator, but as InDesign is mostly used for text, it is crucial that the Eyedropper Tool is quickly accessible. In my career, I have barely used the Color Theme Tool in InDesign, whereas I use the Eyedropper daily. It is frustrating for my coworkers and I to now change it every time we open the program, when it was the default for so many years.
Jessica Waters commented
Glad to know that I'm not the only one that finds this an annoying, frustrating, time-wasting, nonsense change adopted for absolutely no reason by InDesign..
Adobe, fix this or allow us to create a preference.
Daniel Kither commented
AGREE! Adobe, PLEASE FIX THIS!
So annoying, every time I restart InDesign, I have to manually select the eyedropper tool... AGAIN.
This has been a problem for so long now, and I just don't understand why Adobe changed the default?
THE DEFAULT TOOL SHOULD BE THE ONE MOST PEOPLE USE THE MOST... which would be the eyedropper tool, not the colour theme tool!
Come on Adobe, FIX IT SOON PLEASE!
Alexander Shoukas commented
I and the 7 art directors I work with all agree
John Mc. commented
I think the color tool could potentially be useful, but I have never used it! In the past if I only wanted one style sampled, such as color, but not the others, I could specify that in the eyedropper menu.
I don't see why you would change the priority order of something so widely used that it's become second nature / constantly shortcutted... did you do any user testing at all? My coworker just got a job with you so I'll make sure he bugs you about user testing ;)
I agree, so frustrating... what was Adobe thinking!!
Sherrie Good commented
I hate the color theme tool. I never use it. I could sample colors just fine with the eyedropper tool when the rare occasion arose that i needed to. I keep my tool bar set for the eyedropper tool, but over and over I highlight a block of text I want to style using the eyedropper tool, only to find the tool has defaulted back to color theme. So I have to go to the tool pallet, select the eyedropper tool, go back to the copy I wanted to style, highlight it again to be able to style it with the eyedropper tool. Sounds like a small problem, but that depends on the size of the document you are working on. Adobe, please make it an option to not display the color theme eyedropper in the tool bar.
Yes, please make the eye dropper tool back to default. Everytime InDesign crashes, it will revert back to the theme eyedropper as default so I have to reset the default. I don't get why the theme one would take priority over the regular eye dropper tool.
Open indesign but don't open any documents. When no docs are open, any changes you make to the toolbars/panels will be saved as the default after you quit the program. So just click and hold on the color theme tool to switch it to the eyedropper. Quit indesign. Reopen it. Eyedropper will now show as the default tool.