Lightroom Classic: Print resizing in layout cells

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In a Print template cell – Ability to zoom and slide around an image (effectively changing the crop...) so you don’t have to make VCs to fine tune layouts – it’s really a slow process if you’re trying to line a bunch up in some way... Should be able to drag an image into the cell and for example – SHIFT-scroll to zoom it or spacebar-hold drag it around from either corners or center. If you can do any of this today with a sequence I don’t know, glad to learn it here...
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You can trim dynamically in one direction for a given case, but not in both directions.

Say you place a photo into a cell which is more square shaped (less tall) say, than its own crop aspect is: and you have got this cell set to Zoom to Fill (or, it is a cell within a Picture Package / Custom Package layout).

This means when the width of the photo fills the width of the cell, there is going to be some picture height to spare (left over). This surplus gets automatically cropped off, "on the fly" (without affecting the current crop itself, and only as seen within the page layout).

You can hold Ctrl (cmd) and drag this auto-crop so as to produce a different composition, than the initial (centred) suggestion.

Similarly if the cell is taller in proportion, than the photo's own crop is: in filling the cell (referring to the height this time), there will now be some width to spare. And this time you can redistribute how much cuts off at the left edge of the photo, vs how much cuts off at the right edge, of the photo.

Hence if (say) it was essential to lay out a row of photos such that their horizons aligned, that could be done by strategically cropping them all with some spare height relative to the shape of cell they were going to be dropped into - such that you had that "wiggle room". To alter one of these photos' positioning you would just slide it up or down a bit - rather than needing to go back to Crop and adjust there by trial and error.

In the Book module you can freely zoom, and drag, a photo within its cell.
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Yes, exactly what I'd like Print to behave .

Good news/bad news:  I never use Book module and that's the reason for requesting it explicitly in Print module :)     

(Nice description for others how to wrangle around in it as it exists today.  
I want to not have to play games creating VCs that "fit" the cell, which is kind of the option today.