Changing color on gradient object freezes illustrator
I noticed a similar issue someone was having in 2019, but it doesn't seem precisely the same. I am running Illustrator 24.3 on Windows 10. I recently pulled up an Illustrator file from last year to pull items for a new, related project. One of the vectors is a gradient - I'm trying to change it to solid fill. The only way I can do this right now is to change it to whatever solid is my default in my Tools panel, then change it to the actual color I want in my color palette. The Color palette automatically selects one of the colors in the gradient with no way to deselect. Clicking a color in the Color palette from there creates a new gradient point buried or invisible beneath another one. If I try to switch the entire object to solid fill after accidentally editing this gradient point color, Illustrator freezes and shuts down.