Photoshop : Doesn't scroll any panels with wacom pen

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there is a default feature in Windows and macOS — scrolling. Wacom pen works with that by using Pan/Scroll function which works perfectly in ALL apps including all Autodesk products, Microsoft products, Atlassian products etc.
For some reason, almost all Adobe products including Photoshop do not work with that default OS feature and also Adobe breaks default OS behavior in Open/Place and similar popups.
That's horrible user experience because your users have to grab a mouse somehow to scroll anything or waste 4 seconds in the median to just scroll.

I've analyzed my workday and I spend 25 minutes a day just trying to scroll with a pen. Please, do something with that, stop ignoring the elephant in the room.
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Alexander Vinogradov

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Warren Heaton

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I've found that the Wacom tablet that includes the Touch Ring works best for this:
https://www.wacom.com/en-us/products/pen-tablets/wacom-intuos-pro

You just run your finger around the Touch Ring for very smooth scrolling.

There are similar products by companies like XP-Pen, Gaomon, and Huion, but I haven't used them.

At home, I have the budget, entry-level Wacom so my scrolling is controlled by the tablet buttons and one of the two pen buttons.  Not nearly as nice at the Touch Ring, but it works.



Important note:  This is a device driver issue, not a Photoshop issue.

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Unfortunately "Scroll" is not the same as "Pan\Scroll". With just the Scroll option you don't grab the area and drag it where you want. When you use "Scroll" the stroll area scrolls automatically at the speed determined by the delta distance between the position you initiated scroll and current pen position. So basically the further you move the pen from the point you pressed the button the faster area scrolls. That's kinda very strange mechanics alien to any touch/gesture controls. The scroll with the pen has to work the same way as on your iPhone/android/laptop. because that is the most natural way.
Additionally Photoshop sticks in infinite scrolling if you have a long list because it caches commands from pen: "Scroll-Scroll-Scroll-Scroll-Scroll-Scroll-Scroll" but actual scrolling is laggy because PS user interface engine is unresponsive old and slow. That leads to piling Scroll Commands in a huge heap. See the demo video



Another problem with "Scroll" option is that if you release pen button over the canvas or over another scrolling element it will skyrocket with scroll speed. You can see that in the video above. And it's really hard to stay "inside a scroll area" with INVISIBLE CURSOR lol (visible cursor freezes for a period of scrolling)