Lightroom: Swap panels for Left-Handers

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I'm a left-hander, and I find that using a Wacom tablet with Lightroom is incredibly cumbersome at times. This is due to the fact that all of the develop panels are on the right side of the screen, and accessing them with my pen means crossing my arm all the way across my body to the right so that the pen can access the sliders on the right panel. My idea is to add a "left-handed mode" that would simply swap the location of the left/right panels, making it easier to access the develop (and other currently-right-sided) panels when using a pen tablet.
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Rob VanderStelt

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I use a suface pro 4 and being left handed, editing photos with the stylus is useless since my hand blocks the image. Please updated Adobe! 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Left handed development panel in LR.

Can you update LR so us lefties can switch the develop panel to the left side of the screen. I use a tablet with LR and my arm covers the screen when working. Many left handlers would appreciate this function. Thank you.
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I am not left handed. And it really hit me reading through this thread that the current UI is completely useless for left handed folks on tablets or Cintix... So,  I am adding my vote out of solidarity and to potentially make a bigger case to Adobe so they might consider overhauling the UI of LR so it can be customized more.
Which includes, but is no limited to:
- Dragging the panels to where we need them
- Enable panels in the the different modules as we like to
- Enable multi monitor capabilities for panels
Basically saying, put the Photoshop UI team on the task, or at least make a statement on why no official voice is heard in this thread. Is it impossible to let the user adopt the UI to their needs?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Changing the side panels.

Hello,
I am left handed and I work regularly with my Wacom tablet, to
facilitate my work I would like to be able to swap the position of the
side pannels. Thank you
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I'll add my vote that Adobe should build options into its products to better support its left-handed customers.
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Sascha Zander

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In ACDSee Pro 10 does it works. Why not in Lighroom. That's realy bad :-(
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Carly Mitchell

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PLEASE ADD LEFT HANDED SWAP ON LIGHTROOM. MANY CREATIVES ARE LEFT-HANDED. This is an easy fix. Make it so. 
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Albie Mitchell

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i am Left handed and Literoom is very very important to me,,,,,i work on a Wacom Cintiq,,,,,i have to reach across my work in order to work the sliders,,,,,so i have to change from PEN to MOUSE for literoom and then back again for photoshop,,,,,,,a big drag,,,,,so Important to fix this
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Same with me: left-handed user on a Wacom Cintiq. Lightroom is painful to use. Given how many people are left-handed, it is amazing Adobe seems to be ignoring this issue. So please Adobe, get into that, all your other applications as Photoshop offer this customisation as well.
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So much new in the Lightroom-world and so much talk about better workflow, but still there is no way for us lefthanded users to change side for the menu. Why Adobe?
five years have passed since this thread started and what I can see no response from Adobe about the problem, a problem that grew to me now when I invested in an iPad pro with a pen. Every time I make an adjustment, my hand covers the image I'm working with. Is this really to be updated with the launch of the new LightroomCC for work on iPads and tablets.
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It‘s a disgrace that Adobe hasn't listened to this outcry a long time ago. I can only suggest to the left handers in the Adobe Lightroom CC community to ditch the app on the iPad and download Affinity Photo, unless Adobe immediately steps up to the plate. This is something that is extremely easy to fix! At Affinity they are taking ALL their customers seriously, and have implemented a simple function that switches the work space to accommodate us left handers. BTW Affinity Photo is a serious challenger not only to Lightroom but to Photoshop as well, layers and all. The iPad version actually has all the functionality of the desktop version, and you pay once (a VERY reasonable price) and it’s yours to keep forever.
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it occurs to me that this might also be viewed as an accessibility issue for
those with a disability.
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It’s taken some time but Adobe has finally listened. A few weeks ago Lightroom CC for iOS got an upgrade that allows for left handed use.
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For iOS....not for either desktop version though, and that is where I use my Wacom Cintiq digitizer. In fact my bet is that most folks who seriously use digitizing are using these things. They're incredibly useful in Photoshop, and these things work on both Windows and MacOS platforms.

I'm also not going to do much with any of Adobe's cloud platform offerings because frankly I prefer managing my files locally, and I'm frequently offline doing photo stuff on my laptop with very unreliable connections. Hard drives are cheap.

No, for all their efforts to get us all onto a user base that is regularly dependent on their cloud servers, I will probably never go there, so iOS is a non-starter for me.
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Using an Apple pencil in Lightroom iPad is a NIGHTMARE for lefties. Adobe, this is a trivial fix, please add necessary accessibility options for left handed users in Lightroom for iPad!
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Just got a Surface Pro and was trying to move panels. Searched lead me here where I see that it is not possible. Please make the software work for me and not the other way around.
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And another vote. I'd also love an option to fix the panels to their current position and state. When rotating an image I regularly find myself enlarging a panel instead of rotating because I moved the cursor just a notch too far to the right. Or I erroneously touch the tab key and all my panels are gone. I hate that. They could make the program a lot more user friendly by letting users decide how they want to interface with it.
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Another lefty vote for this. We're about 15% of the population, and probably a greater percentage of Lightroom users, as several studies show an over-representation of lefties in the arts. This just wouldn't seem to be any major programming, swap the panels, and a y-displacement for the flyovers. After we get Adobe to do this, let's move to the camera manufacturers for us left-eyers!
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Thought I would try and edit a photo in tabletmode for the first time, well... This is a serious problem for us lefthanded. epic fail adobe, please fix.
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How disappointing that Adobe doesn't care about their left handed customers.   Recently purchased a 2 in1 and have been using Lightroom 5.7.1    Was contemplating upgrading to Lightroom CC..... not anymore.  It is was too difficult to work on photos being a lefy.... will look for another vendor that appreciates their left handed customers.
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Left handed panels has recently been added to the Lightroom CC iOS app.
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I really do not care about mobile Lightroom apps. My money is invested in using my desktop Wacom digitizer for fine grained editing. Using iOS is fine for some users, but most of us are still using desktops, and of those probably more than 20% of us are left handed. So saying that iOS has lefty panels is irrelevant to this thread.
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> saying that iOS has lefty panels is irrelevant to this thread
I was replying to Christopher, who stated he was contemplating upgrading to Lightroom CC, and didn't specific which operating system he was planning to use. 
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not being able to move panels may be an accessibility issue for some disabled users and should be addressed by adobe as such.
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Adding my voice to the others - it looks like this has been an issue for a long time. I am so glad I saw this thread before making a purchase. I thought I would try editing out on my husband's Surface Pro 4 and it was frustrating having my hand in front of the photo while trying to use the sliders. Please help the lefties out!