Photoshop: Color Balance-- allow us to adjust midtones, highlights, and shadows all at once

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Many times I want to adjust the color balance of the entire photo. A free software program, Irfanview, makes adjustments to the R,G,B channels apply to the entire image. Photoshop, however, allows only adjustments to the midtones, highlights, and shadows individually. It would be a simple fix and a great time saver to click on "entire image" and allow me to adjust the color accordingly, rather than selecting three menus and applying three sets of adjustments.
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Levels or Curves would be more appropriate if you want to change all tonal ranges at once.

Color Balance is designed as a simplification when you want to affect only some tonal ranges. (and to match the behavior of some older prepress controls)
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Thanks for your response. If I want to increase the red in the photo by 10 points (as indicated by color balance adjustment) in the midtones, highlights, and shadows equally, how do I do that with curves or levels?