Lightroom: Zoom Key follow Cursor Position when using Spot Removal & Adjustment Brushes

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It would be great to have the zoom key (Z) zoom into wherever on the frame the cursor is located. This would allow for much quicker use of the Spot Removal tool and Adjustment brushes. 

For instance, while viewing a photo in the Develop module, it would be great to; 

Press Q to activate Spot Removal tool
Mouse over the general area of the photo that is to be Spot treated
Press Z to zoom in to that location
Spot Treat
Press Z to zoom back out
Move mouse to second general area to be Spot treated
Press Z to zoom into that second location
Spot Treat

As of 2015.10CC, the processes are either; 

Press Q to activate Spot Removal Tool
Press Z to zoom into the photo
Mouse over to left side navigator box
Adjust the position of the Navigator's zoom preview 
Mouse back over to the image
Spot Treat
Press Z to zoom out
Remember that the Zoom key will simply return to the previous zoom location
Press Z to zoom in
Mouse back over to Navigator to readjust zoom preview.. 


(Before activating Spot Removal or Brushes)
Mouse click zoom into desired area of the photo
Press Q (or K for adjustment brushes)
Spot Treat
Zoom Out
Press Q to "put back" the Spot Removal Tool
Mouse click zoom into second area of photo
Press Q to reactivate Spot Removal Tool
Spot Treat

Having the Zoom key follow the location of the cursor after the desired tool has been selected would create a much more logical workflow. In the analog world, most people pick up their desired tool for a job and move to the thing they are fixing. They don't sit at the work position, then get back up to get the necessary tool (at least if they know what they're doing and it's a function they do 1million times a day) and sit back down and get to work. Constantly clicking back and forth between zoom, Q (or K) is already tedious. Help us save some time!
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Andy DelGiudice

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Simon Chen, Principal Computer Scientist

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Have you tried the following method?
Press the space bar while in the loupe view to temporarily switch to the hand tool, then mouse over to the area that you want to take a closer look at, click the mouse once to zoom in, then release the space bar.
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Andy DelGiudice

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Thanks for the tip! I just tried it and it should work well.