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When in weight paint mode when I right click a bone it goes into object mode and selects the whole armature but what I want to do is manipulate the bones while in paint mode, as seen in tutorials, to either move a part out of the way or test the weight painting.

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The armature has to be in Pose mode, then Shift-select the mesh and go into Weight Paint mode.

If you have selection set to Right-click in Preferences then:

  • Sample weight (color) with Ctrl LMB
  • Select bone with RMB

If you have selection set to Left-click in Preferences:

  • Sample weight (color) with Ctrl RMB
  • Select bone with Ctrl LMB

Independently of Select with option:

  • Paint with LMB
  • Rotate, Move, Scale bone with R, G, S
  • Paint gradient with Alt LMB
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