How do I get this thing to go away? In previous sessions I've been able to edit text, highlight modifications in color, etc., without the Hand Tool's intrusion. Now I can't do any of the things that I need to do.
I don't understand exactly what your problem is? Can you explain it in a bit more detail?
The "hand tool" icon appears and when it's there I can't do anything. (It looks like a cauliflower, rather than a hammer or awl, and seems to have no purpose; it may represent "talk to the hand," a gesture/phrase that means "I'm ignoring you, so you might as well go away.")
I have now found that if I click on "Text tool" I can get back to work, but the "hand tool" reappears spontaneously.