Lightroom: Panel Scroll Bar / Close annoyance

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The panel scroll bar and close panel bar arrow section are annoyingly close together. On a 4K monitor (and possibly lower resolutions) the panel scroll bar is so thin that it's easy to press the close button instead. This is frustrating when trying to select the appropriate tool and you just keep closing/unclosing the panels. Is it possible to either increase the size of the scroll bar, be able to lock the panel in place or a mix of the two. Cheers,
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Tony Hailstone

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Posted 3 years ago

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Lynn Oakleaf

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If you are at the current level it should automatically correct, if you are pre-LR6 I don't think it can be resolved
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Jason Lalonde

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I have the current version and I keep encountering this problem. Over and Over I go to scroll down and instead close the tools tab. I would love to lock it to on. I have a crappy mouse and the wheel doesn't work, otherwise that would be a better option, but for now I have to do the old click and drag on the scroll bar and it's frustrating.
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T Banks

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I wholeheartedly agree - it would be great to be able to lock the side panels, so that they become inoperative.

Surely, a minor update could be made to achieve this. A simple 'Lock panels' toggle setting in Preferences would do the job.
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T Banks

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Any news on this? It is a major irritation in an otherwise superb piece of software.

Just something to lock the panels in place... perhaps an extra menu item named 'Lock Panels' in the right-click menu which currently contains:-

Auto Hide & Show
Auto Hide
Manual
Sync with Opposite Panel

This would make Lightroom much more user-friendly.
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Steven Friedman

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I have asked for this feature improvement for years. How hard would it bee to provide a way to lock down the panels. Yes, it is too easy to cause the entire panel to disappear when trying to move the slider just to the left of the "minimize carrot?" When I am rapidly editing images, using my Wacom tablet, I spend more time bringing back the entire adjustment panel when it disappears. After all, you can choose which segments of the panel are minimized or not, why not enable the ability to lock the panel from disappearing accidentally. This should be so easy. Again, as others have stated, why hasn't this been corrected?
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Dennis Wolcott

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This is a huge frustration for me, and is the only real issue I have with Lightroom. The only substantive selling point they had to assuage my concern for paying $10 a month for CC was that I would always have the most up-to-date product, and they would always be improving it. However I am not seeing much value for my $120 a year. There are other programs out there for significantly less that do just about the same thing. I know I'm nothing to Adobe, but this issue is enough of an irritation that I am looking at alternatives to CC. 
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Steven Niedermeyer

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Yes, this is probably the most annoying issue with Lightroom I experience on a very frequent basis. It slows my workflow down and there's an obvious user interface design flaw in having these so close together. Please fabulous Adobe dev team - give some love to this and fix ;)