Photoshop: Improved layer panel scrolling with stylus

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I work using a drawing tablet a lot of the time, and often find myself annoyed by the little scroll bar thumb in the layers panel.

For lack of a mousewheel on my stylus, being able to both use the middle-mouse click to enable auto-scroll and holding down space to be able to grab and drag in order to scroll would be helpful additions to how you're able to scroll through panels in PS.
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If I understood when your mouse cursor is outside of for ex. Layers panel you would like to activate option that when you hold a space and use your roll it scroll bar.

That's posible to use your roll (additionally faster when 'shift' is hold) while hovering Layers panel.
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That's not quite what I was thinking. I was aware of the ability to use the mouse's scroll wheel while hovering above the layer panel. But my stylus doesn't have a scroll wheel - only configurable buttons. One of which is assigned to middle-mouse-click by default, which in web browsers for example, commonly can be used to toggle "auto-scrolling". It allows you scroll up and down by moving the cursor relative to the position of where you toggled the scroll. That would be one useful addition to panel navigation.

Another nice thing to have, would be to have access the "grab hand" not just on the canvas, but also on panels. So you hover your cursor over the layer panel, for example, and hold space to now be able to grab, drag and flick the contents of the layer panel up and down.

On the topic of panel behaviour, another useful tweak would be, to have panel pop-outs turn transparent and non-blocking for ongoing canvas operations, like dragging a selection marquee or moving something on the canvas. At the moment, the operation stops short of the overlapping pop-out panel, you cannot drag underneath it (and wouldn't be able to see what your doing, unless it would also turn semi-transparent) and also not cause the canvas to scroll in the direction of the boundary you're dragging against.
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I wonder if some of your stylus buttons are the same regular mouse has (beside roll). If they are detectable the same way and there was at least left, right, middle (and perhpas 4th and 5th) you could program them by autohotkey on the condition you are on Windows (until one distant day Adobe is going to provide with somthing similar - if ever). This way you could imitate that you normally do with a mouse.

That would work for first 2 described ideas. The 3rd concept I doubt Adobe is going to ever consider to add to their inner to - do list, looking at sluggish progress of often defective and controversial implementations, especially while they can not fully enhance avialable stuff by simply focusing on fixing old bugs.


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YES, PLEASE, this suggestion would make photoshop so much nicer to use with a stylus/tablet (or even with a mouse). Having to precisely click the scroll bar to scroll the layers menu, especially when you have a lot of layers and a large resolution screen (which means having a thin scrollbar), takes extra effort and time compared to using a scrollwheel. Doing this hundreds of times a day really adds up to a slower/less efficient and less enjoyable experience. Scrolling the panel with the grab tool would also feel very natural since I already do it all the time on the canvas.
Maybe make it so that (clicking and holding (e.g. with a button on the stylus)) middle "click" (the middle "mouse" button) (hopefully re-assignable to any button/key the user prefers) triggers the "grabbing" so that you don't even need to press the space bar. This would be especially useful for people who are using photoshop without a keyboard (e.g. a drawing tablet with an integrated screen like a newer Wacom Cintiq).
If you do add this feature, please also include the same "flick panning" option that you can do while panning the canvas.
Thanks!