Lightroom: Unable to Pan when using Radial filter & Adjustment brush

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While using LR in Windows 10 I find that while using Radial filter &/ Adjustment Brush I am unable to Pan the image by pressing the space bar. Pressing the space bar does change the cursor to hand indicating it is ready to pan but the functionality does not work.
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Tom Mickow

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Just verified that the space/pan functionality is working fine for me using all the Develop tools in Lr 2015.8 running on Win10.

What version of Lr are you running?
You only mentioned the radial filter & adjustment brush.  Are you seeing the problem in only those two tools?
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LR CC 2015.8 and I checked on Graduated Filter and I cannot pan even when the graduated filter is active.

To clarify I am not able to pan when I need to use the spacebar during a process.
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Are you using a laptop?  If so, try the same process using an external mouse, instead of the built-in trackpad/pointer.

Photoshop supports the same spacebar shortcut to pan without switching tools, so if you have it installed, you could also try it there to see if the issue is more global or just limited to Lr.
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Yes, it works on external mouse but not for the touch pad. It used to work on the touch pad for my earlier Windows 7 machine.

What are you referring to being installed when you say "so if you have it installed".
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I just tested on Windows 10 and it is working for me here as well. Yo u may need to use a two or even a three-finger gesture on your new touch pad. For example on a Wacom Pro, it is a three-finger swipe to pan when using the space bar. Check the gestures for your laptop's touchpad in the Control Panel. You may be able to set it the way your Win7 machine worked.
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I just tested on Windows 10 and it is working for me here as well. Yo u may need to use a two or even a three-finger gesture on your new touch pad. For example on a Wacom Pro, it is a three-finger swipe to pan when using the space bar. Check the gestures for your laptop's touchpad in the Control Panel. You may be able to set it the way your Win7 machine worked.
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By "if you have it installed", I was suggesting that if you also use Photoshop in addition to Lightroom, you could try the same operation there.

Because it's working with the external mouse though, I'd guess the issue is with your touchpad configuration/drivers.  Along with what Rikk said about looking at the gestures, you may also want to check your touchpad configuration for an option that disables the touchpad when keys are being pressed.  That's commonly enabled to prevent the cursor from moving accidentally while typing and could also be causing your problem.