Lightroom: Keyboard-Only Control Mode for Panels

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I'd love to see a mode where panels are controlled by the keyboard only (-> F5-F8 + Tab keys).

Lightroom already offers quite a bit flexibility for setting how panel show/hide control works ("Auto Hide & Show", "Auto Hide", "Manual").

I'm in manual mode all the time because I only control the panels with the F5-F8 keys, and sometimes the (Shift-) Tab key.

The small borders with the triangles to be used for showing/hiding panels with the mouse cursor therefore have no use for me.

Worse, they can get in the way. While I typically navigate within panels using Ctrl-1 -- Ctrl-8, I sometimes use the scrollbars. The scrollbars are thin (which is good to save space) and hence not easy to hit, and if I'm not careful, I unintentionally hide a panel.

If the small borders with the triangles disappeared in the "keyboard-only control"-mode,
1. I could just slam the mouse cursor against the edge of the screen and would be guaranteed to hit the scrollbar (I could imagine this to be quite a time saver)
2. I would never accidentally click on a triangle, thus unintentionally hiding a panel
3. I had more space available for the image and panels.

If the team feels it is not feasible to make the black rims with the triangles disappear, it would still be great if mouse control for them could be disabled (new option "Manual (keyboard-only)"). The triangles could then disappear, leaving just a black rim. This wouldn't allow dead sure placement of the mouse cursor on scrollbars (unless scrollbar control were implicitly extended to the black rim areas), but would nevertheless prevent the accidental closing of panels with the mouse cursor.
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TK

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  • sure others have accidentally hid panels and would appreciate more space and a dead sure way of hitting scrollbars.

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Lee Jay

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I'd like auto-hide to completely hide the triangles and their bars. It's not as if this is unprecedented. The auto-hide on the Windows toolbar works this way. So I'd +1 for that portion of this request.
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Rob Cole

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How would this work with multiple monitors?
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Andreas Eirainer

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Further on, I'd love to see the ability to switch to the next/previous slider with TAB key or so; this way the selected slider could be moved by the arrow keys. The selected slider should then be highlighted in some way. Additionally, when LR could be controlled via keyboard, you could use some jogwheel to control sliders in LR.
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"the ability to switch to the next/previous slider with TAB key or so; this way the selected slider could be moved by the arrow keys. The selected slider should then be highlighted in some way."

You can move between sliders in the Basic panel using "." and "," -- their label gets slightly highlighted as you move. You can use "+" and "-" to increase and decrease the selected slider.

See here for the complete list of shortcuts: http://www.lightroomqueen.com/keyboar.... Note that in different languages, the keystrokes may be different.