Photoshop: Naviator is less useful than it was in CS2

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Using the Photoshop Navigator, I can't scroll past the edge of the image in Photoshop CC.

I was using Photoshop CS4, and this worked fine. For example, if I wanted to look at the right edge of an image, I could drag the navigator to it, so the right edge of the image was centered on the screen. I could drag around in the navigator to inspect the edge of the image.

Now, the navigator won't go past the edge, so the right edge of the image is always stuck on the right side of the screen. I can't see that at all--it's covered by toolbars!

Photoshop can easily scroll where I want it (if I space-drag), it's just the Navigator clamping incorrectly.

(I'm almost always in the half-fullscreen mode, eg. one press of F, where the image has no scrollbars and the title bar is hidden but Photoshop's toolbars are still displayed.)
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It isn't supposed to work that way, even in CS4. The navigator preview rect is not supposed to move outside of the image bounds.

And I can't reproduce that behavior in Photoshop CS4 on MacOS. Are you using Windows? Could you have modified one of the OverScroll settings (via a plugin or registry entry)?
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I mixed up the versions, since it's been a while since I've needed this. It was CS2 where this happened. (I think I had tried CS4, and stuck with CS2 due to this issue.) Sorry for the bad info. Specifically, I'm in fullscreen mode, and zoomed in a little (it doesn't happen if you're zoomed out so far the whole image fits on screen).

Here's an example, in a clean CS2 install (no plugins or registry changes):




Since you can always scroll past the edge in fullscreen, it seems correct that the navigator can too, and it's very useful to be able to scan around the edge of the image with the navigator, without the edge being stuck at the edge of the screen or lost under a toolbar. The newer navigator feels really restrictive.

(By the way, the CC navigator jumps far off to the side if I move the cursor well out of its area, but it's unpredictable and looks like a bug.)
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Does enabling "Overscroll" under Edit>Preferences>Interface... in CC give you the behavior you want?
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That doesn't seem to affect the navigator when in fullscreen. The only effect I can see from that switch is that, if you're not in fullscreen, you can space-drag the image freely like in fullscreen. I'm always in fullscreen, where this option doesn't seem to do anything (you can always scroll freely in fullscreen).



I can't see the top-right corner with the navigator. I have to switch to space-dragging to get it out from under the toolbar, and then as soon as I use the navigator again, it snaps back to the edge.