I choose to take issue with you.
The shortcut for choosing the Eyedropper tool was just the letter "I" (not Cmd-I).
I just tested in InDesign CC (October 2014 release). I have the Selection tool selected. The Eyedropper tool is visible on the Tools. Pressing the letter "I" chooses the Eyedropper tool. I want to go back to the Selection tool. Press "V". I want to return to the Eyedropper, I can press the letter "I" again.
You only switch to the Color Theme tool if you press the letter "I" a second time. Pressing "I" again returns to the Eyedropper.
BTW, I find the Color Theme tool one of the most exciting additions to InDesign in a long time, and think most designers will love it when they learn about it.
Thank you for trying to answer, yet maybe I did not explain myself well.
I use mainly the Eyedropper Tool to copy text attributes when I am using the Text tool. If I press the letter I as you suggest as I am in the Text mode, I just get the letter I inserted in my text! Before I used the shortcut I made Cmd+i (which by default was the Spellcheck shortcut, in Oct 2014 version this has been removed) to use the Eyedropper tool to edit the same text I was in.
I'm sure Color Theme tool will eventually become a useful tool, yet for the moment for people who use InDesign like me to edit text and make books the Eyedropper tool used in connection with the Text tool being able to choose a personal shortcut in the Text Content was a huge timesaver!
Make sure there isn't a selection, and the cursor isn't in a text box.
Mikey, the whole point of my question is to activate the eye dropper tool when inside an active text box as it worked in the pre Oct 2014 update!
OK, now I think I understand your workflow better. It appears that it was a mistake to remove that keystroke.
If this is that essential your work, you would have to download InDesign CC instead of InDesign CC 2014. You can do this from the Creative Cloud desktop app. Go to the Apps menu and scroll down to All Apps, and select Previous Version from the menu.
In a way I have found a way around it. Make the Cmd+i shortcut in the Text Context to the Toggle Eyedropper and Colour Theme and before one starts to work with the selection tool select the normal Eyedropper tool from the Tool window. Once working in text, the Colour Theme tool does not show up.
Thanks for the tip!
I use the Eyedropper Tool within text boxes exactly as you do, cmd+i shortcut and all.
The proposed workaround kinda works, but if I inadvertently hit the "i" shortcut twice, or if I use the Color Theme Tool, I have to remember to re-toggle it before continuing my normal workflow.
This currently happens often enough that I find the Color Theme Tool to be more of an annoyance than anything else...
Most tools have distinct shortcuts for each variation.
Like the "Type Tool + Type on a Path Tool" combo, or the "Rectangle Tool + Elipse Tool".
When you hit "M" on your keyboard, you know you'll be able to make a square box – no matter if you already had the tool selected of not.
I would have preferred – and expected – that type of behaviour for the Color Theme Tool.
Anyway, I won't downgrade just for that, I like new toys way too much!
See this thread:
but if I inadvertently hit the "i" shortcut twice, or if I use the Color Theme Tool, I have to remember to re-toggle it
The two versions of the eyedropper have different cursor icons