Something is wrong here, the text should not delete when changing font, color or whatever.
But try this. First off you don't need to double click to change the text atributes.
Just make sure you are on the correct text layer, have commited the text but keep the text tool the active tool. Now in the options bar you can change any or all attributes (color, size, font etc). The text updates real time.
You only need to select word(s) if you want that word to be in another color/font/whatever than the other words of that same text layer.
If you want to change the attributes of more than one text layer in one go then you must select those layers before changing attributes in the options bar.
Ronald, thank you.
First of all, I didn't realize I didn't need to double click the layer or word in order to change the text or color. So now it works. So thank you! (But in the past when I double clicked it, it would allow me to make the changes. That still doesn't work. HOWEVER, what you told me DOES work, and that's all I care about )
You are welcome!