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Sun, Mar 25, 2018 3:55 PM

Lightroom Classic: Alt-drag on Windows doesn't expand Library panels like Opt-drag on Mac

On Mac, holding Opt while dragging a panel divider lets you expand the panel as wide as you want.  But Alt-drag doesn't work on Windows 10 / LR 7.  (I recall that this used to work in Windows, but that could be a false memory.)

Expanding the panels extra wide can be very helpful to see deep hierarchies and long names with folders, collections, and keywords.

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Victoria Bampton wrote: "On Windows, you used to be able to stretch them beyond the standard limit without needing an extra key, but that seems to have died with Windows 10." So maybe my memory wasn't that bad...

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LOL I don't even remember writing that!

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3 years ago

Didn't know about this feature. I like it.  Thanks.

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I am curious!  Using Lightroom-Classic 7.2 (1156743)  on two computers.

My new desktop with updated Windows-10 Home (10.0.16299) Nvidia GTX1050: does NOT allow the expansion of the left panels while holding the [Alt] key.

My Dell XPS13 laptop with updated Windows-10 (10.0.16299) Intel Graphics 540:  DOES allow the 'very wide' expansion of the left panels while holding the [Alt] key.

I cannot explain the difference.

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While waiting for Adobe to fix this (likely a very long time), you can double the maximum width of the side panels by adding this line to TranslatedStrings.txt:

"$$$/locale_metric/Win/Panel/maxWidth=800"

Change 800 to whatever you want. See here for how to edit TranslatedStrings.txt:
https://www.lightroomqueen.com/custom-keyboard-shortcuts/

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Hi John.  Thanks for the work around.  I'm on Windows/10 using LR/Classic 9.2.1 but can't seem to get this to work. 

I followed Victoria's blog and discovered that I did not have an "en" folder.  I had plenty of other languages, but not 'en' so I created one.  I then created the text file.  In Victoria's blog she showed the file as "TranslatedStrings_Lr_en_US.txt" but in your post you called it "TranslatedStrings.txt".   So, first I tried it with Victoria's file name but when that didn't work, used your file name, which also didn't work.  



The only line of text in my newly created txt file is this
$$$/locale_metric/Win/Panel/maxWidth=800  (later changed to 1600 just to make sure)



Did I miss something in the instructions or is this workaround no longer valid?

Thanks -- Dan
 

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The line has to include the quotes:
"$$$/locale_metric/Win/Panel/maxWidth=800"
and the full filename is as described in the lightroomqueen.com article. (I sloppily use "TranslatedStrings.txt", the former file name, to refer to the generic mechanism.)

In general, when I'm poking around Translated Strings, I look at TranslatedStrings_Lr_de_DE.txt (German), since German words are close to English words. I find the relevant lines there and copy them to TranslatedStrings_Lr_en_US.txt.

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John,

Thank you.  The quotes did the trick.  You are scholar and a gentleman and greatly appreciated.

Dan