If you are using the move tool, you may have auto-select activated in the tool options.
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Upper left of your screen in the tool options there is "Auto-Select" - make sure that is off...
Thanks! Is there a hotkey for this that I may have glanced by mistake? Seems odd that it would suddenly have been the default after multiple installations of not noticing it...
Ctrl/Cmd is the shortcut to temporarily toggle auto select, but I'm not aware of any default shortcut to actually toggle on/off permanently.