Lightroom: Please make Scroll Bars UI more usable

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There is one aspect of the user interface that has always slowed my productivity in LR. The scroll bars located on the far left and right of the side panels and below the filmstrip are thinner than standard scroll panels in Windows programs. When I work with the interface at my normal operating speed, I usually miss the scroll bar 50% of the time when I try and click and drag them. I thought over time this issue would go away as I got use to this irregular aspect of the LR interface, but it has not during the years I have used LR starting with version one.

Since many people have wide screen displays, it seems like having a normal width scroll bar would not sacrifice that much screen real estate and would benefit those of us with hand eye coordination that falls outside what was envisioned by the LR user interface developers. Of all of the user interface improvements possible in LR, this one simple change would be of the greatest benefit to my productivity, allowing me to "spend less time in front of the computer and more time behind the lens".

Thank you for considering it
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John R. Ellis, Champion

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Another improvement to scroll bars: standard up and down arrows on the ends. This would make it possible to scroll thumbnails in Library grid view one row at a time in large catalogs, and to scroll one keyword at a time in the Library Filter bar Keyword column.
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Lee Jay

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"The scroll bars located on the far left and right of the side panels and below the filmstrip are thinner than standard scroll panels in Windows programs. "

My LR and Windows 7 scroll bars are both 14 pixels wide.
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In my Windows 7:
- Internet Explorer 9, the page scrollbar: 15 pixels
- Windows Explorer: 15 pixels
- Microsoft Word 2010: 16 pixels

In my LR 3.6:
- Library grid view: 14 pixels
- Right of the right Library panel: 9 pixels
- Left of the left Library panel: 9 pixels
- Below the filmstrip: 8 pixels
- Columns in Library Filter Bar: 8 pixels
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Right - I only checked grid!
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Patrick Cunningham

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This is especially a pain for me because I use a tablet. Using the scroll bars is hit and miss, and the key alternatives are only okayish. Because the left and right scrollbars are right next to the hide/show trigger bars, missing the scrollbar means unintentionally hiding the pane - a real and everyday pain in the butt.

It would help if the pg-up and pg-dn keys would keep either the top of the top row or the bottom of the bottom row aligned with the top/bottom of the pane. There's no way to scroll by page using keys without ending up with some of the rows of images you're looking at cut in half at some point, which interferes with the brain's task focus. It makes selecting images visually out of a large batch of images much less efficient.

Patrick Cunningham