Anybody else need or want scroll bars on the left side of the panel menus? Asking for a lefty. :)

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Pretty new to photoshop. I'm finding the scroll bars on the right hand side of all of the panel menus to be an annoyance. It would be great if lefties could put those scroll bars on the LEFT side of those panel boxes. This program has been around for 30 plus years. How come this isn't a simple toggle option yet? I'm sure this could also apply to the whole Adobe family of software. But, My only experience right now is with Photoshop.
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I'm ambidextrous, but I use my mouse left-handed. I'm completely used to having scroll bars on the right side of a window/panel. All applications have that. If that would change, it would be something that Apple/Microsoft would have to implement system-wide, not Adobe for only the Adobe apps.
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No this is not a microsoft deal. This is something that Adobe could implement across there software as a toggle.  I understand what you are saying. But, I'm talking adobe. Not An OS. This is not something Microsoft or Apple would have to be concerned with.
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I'm not saying that Apple/Microsoft would have to do this because Adobe can't do it, I'm saying that (to me) it would only make sense on a system level, not on an application level.
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While I empathize with how frustrating this answer might be, Johan is totally right.  Before posting this, I just double-checked with a colleague; Adobe COULD fix this.  But... 

Sure Adobe could individually, dialog-by-dialog, implement a new and potentially-proprietary change throughout each and every application's UI elements and then all applications in the suite, making sure that the mechanism to switch sides of the scroll bars works in all cases but still defaults back to right on all supported OSes...  Yeah, that's a monster task.  Better for an OS-level system call for all apps to hook into.
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I'm failing to see why the OS keep coming up here. Why is switchng sides of the scroll bar an OS issue to you? You've already stated that Adobe could do this.  Elaborate on this further for me.

But, first!  I want to explain why I'm not bothered by windows or Apple not doing this. 

With the OS platform there are no left or right dependencies in selecting something from a menu or option panel. The use of a mouse is more frequently used here. Therefor, there is no left or right hand in the way of making selections.

Photoshop, along with most of Adobe is a creative platform where left and right handed people are actively using their hands to create. Enter Wacom Cintiq. Now XP-Pen and Huion. All of these manufacturers now have pen displays that are more and more accessible to all income levels now. Not just elite players anymore.

More and more people using these could enjoy the convenience of a left hand scroll bar and not everyone uses Photoshop.  I currently use photoshop and subscrfibed to Lightroom  as well. But, I rarely use it. But, I could use Corel and probably be suited just fine for my needs. If they added this feature I would probably switch to them in a heartbeat. Because I don't need everything that Photoshop provides.

Other programs like Sketchbook and Clip Studio have this same issue (If I remember correctly.). But, their application and UI is built in a fashion lefties function just fine.

All I'm saying is that it seems like a minor thing to Adobe. But, as soon as someone else adds this feature, it may be a loss for Adobe. Albeit a small one. But, it may just well be something that Adobe wants to stay ahead of. How many waaay more complicated features has Adobe added to their applications over the years? This seems kind of trivial to me.

Besides!  I'm gonna keep pushing for it. I'm persistent like that.
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Applications make system calls for things like windows and dialogs, rather than each application reinventing the wheel over and over again. That is why the 'Open' dialog looks the same in almost every application, for example: it is a system dialog. And that is why it would make much more sense if the system allowed something like this.

So the answer is that Adobe could reinvent the wheel, but it does not make sense to spend a lot of time doing that.
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