Photoshop: The swatches panel's scrollbar is disabled when using the color picker.

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The swatches panel's scrollbar becomes disabled when using the color picker.
My solution is to resize the swatches panel when using the color picker. It's not frustrating, but it's a problem that some users might not figure out.

Before resizing:


After resizing:


After resizing the swatches panel (while the color picker is open), the swatches panel's scrollbar becomes enabled again.
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Gabriel Totoliciu

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Charles Badland

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You can scroll swatches with the Color Picker open? Can't make that happen on my Mac.
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Gabriel Totoliciu

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You need to resize the swatches panel (while having the color picker open). Once you do that, the scrollbar becomes enabled.

I guess it's a small bug.
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Chris Cox

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Even after resizing the palette, it won't scroll on Macintosh (different rules for event handling).
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Chris Cox

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And while a modal dialog is up, it shouldn't scroll at all on either platform. The bug is that it scrolls on Windows.
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Gabriel Totoliciu

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I think that it could be a nice feature :)
If I have many swatches, I don't scroll first, then open the color picker.
I open the color picker and then look for the color. Seems a more natural behavior to me
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This worked in CS4 on both platforms, so I went ahead and logged it in our bug database.
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This issue seems to have sneaked in again in PS 14.2 (Windows 7 64bit). Worked fine in previous versions of PS CC.

It's quite a major workflow issue. Most of Photoshop's color selection happens from modal dialogs (even nested dialogs; ie. Layer Style -> Gradient -> Color Picker) and so swatches needs to be scrollable to make sense even when a modal dialog is open.
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Official Response
This was fixed but it looks like there's a subtle thing going on with the Windows side. Here's a workaround in the meantime:

While you have a modal dialog open, if you resize the panel just a bit (drag the bottom of the panel down just a tick) then the scrolling will start to work.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop: Swatches palette not scrolling when editing layer styles.

While editing the layer styles, the swatches palette is not scrollable. So if I'm looking for a color that is at the end I have to exit the layer styles, scroll down until the desired color, then enter the layer style again. That's way to complicated. PS CS5.1, OSX 10.7 Please fix it! Thx. c
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I confirm this problem.
Please fix it.
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Official Response
This should be solved by the CC 2015.1 update that was released today: https://blogs.adobe.com/photoshop/201...