How do I keep InDesign from intuitively changing tools? Example: I select the solid arrow tool. I import a picture. I adjust the clipping path. The tool has now changed to the OPEN arrow tool. I don't want it to change. When performing this task multiple times, it's annoying to have to return to the tool bar every time. Suggestions?
This usually happens when you double-click, and it should cycle back if you do it again. Quite helpful, once you understand and get used to it.
I adjust the clipping path.
Exactly what do you mean by that, and how are you doing it? It's probably the means by which the direct-selection tool is becoming active.
In any case, you never have to click the toolbar if you learn a few keyboard tool selection shortcuts. The solid arrow, as you call it is V. The "open" arrow is A. You can use your free hand to toggle between them using V and A all day without ever having to move your pointer.