Add the Ability to turn off hover scrolling
Hover Scrolling lets you interact with the dropdown menus without ever having to click on them. Sounds cool, right?
Normally, this is not a problem, because you can easily see what has been changed because you've got an object selected. But when working with conditional text, the conditional text indicator visibility is a GLOBAL setting, and thus, hover scrolling over it can change your document, even with nothing selected. And if you're not on a page with conditional text. you'd never even know that your document got changed, until you send it to print!
This has been plaguing me for over four years and there is no way to turn it off.
I write a blog article about this and have been documenting it for four years: https://indesignsecrets.com/hover-scrolling-indesign-cc-feature-bug.php
I have made a video about it here: https://youtu.be/5uBI77mothA
InDesign needs to add a preference to our off this setting. It would be so easy! There are already preferences to disable the other annoying features, like Publish Online the new start workspace, and the new document dialog box. You could put it under "Preferences > General."
Adobe, please fix this!
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Josh Langman commented
Agreed: I just tried the new Properties panel for the first time. It's very promising, but unfortunately it's unusable for me because I keep accidentally changing field values when trying to scroll within the panel.
I use InDesign on my laptop and this literally changes something every time I try to scroll through the Properties panel. On top of that, you can't even revert whatever was messed up with a single undo because it changes incrementally. So I almost always have to undo at least 10 times, and determine when it's back to how I designed it. Please make this optional.
Nathan Harrison commented
I'm trying to acclimate to InDesign on a laptop instead of my usual desktop setup, and "hover scrolling" is beyond maddening. The unexpected changes (usually with a dozen+ undo steps to reverse) are the worst part, but it also sucks to be unable to scroll at all in a lengthy Properties menu if you happen to hovering over an input field that doesn't have a dropdown menu, such as paragraph spacing fields.
The hover scrolling may be a bad feature, but that latter behavior just seems like a bug!
Please FIX this. It's so annoying >.< I was wondering why my font randomly kept changing when I haven't even selected anything :(
Seriously, I'm tired of this wrecking my work flow. FIX THIS.
So how do we turn this off? And why does it only happen sometimes? For me, I've only ever seen it in the Font dropdown. Half the time I can control it like normal, and the other half hover scrolling randomly kicks in and suddenly I can't select the font I want because when I move my mouse down, the menu moves up. There's no rhyme or reason. And it's terrible. I never want this feature. It just ends up taking me longer to get my work done.
Scott Citron commented
Thanks for showing me a feature (so to speak) I've never seen before! Wow. This is really annoying!
Kelly Vaughn commented
Nearly SIX years after this was introduced, it it still causing me to have to reprint pages and reexport PDFs. Why do we not have an option to turn this off? How hard it is to add a checkbox in Preferences?
ont alt commented
When scrolling in properties, as soon as the cursor lands on a drop down menu the values start to change. THIS MAKES IT UNBELIEVABLY PAINFUL TO WORK.
I want to scroll the panel without changing any values accidentally. I should not have worry about placing my cursor on a few pixels wide of empty area to scroll without any issues!
If it is possible to turn of this feature please help. Otherwise this is a very annoying bug.
In short, scrolling only works without issues only on the limited area around the panels.
Ricardo Pitanga commented
Important usability issue indeed. An alternative would be to have to press 'command' with scroll in order to change the panel fields, instead of just mouse scroll.
So you've been working on this for more than a year now.
How hard is it to remove this feature?
i absolutely hate this, it causes so many misses. Changing kerning values needs to be done twice, it won't take the first time, it changes to a random value and you have to do it again, hit return this time.
Final copy for approval suddenly turned italics, etc. omg. pls. some take it off. There was MagicPrefs before which turn off this behavior, but now MagicPrefs is not being supported in newer mac os.
Rob Gale commented
Here's another +1 for the ability to turn off this feature. It's really too easy to ***** up my documents as others have said.
Jennifer Larson commented
This slows down my workflow and is a constant annoyance. please fix it!
Ashley G commented
Please fix this!!!! I have to be very careful to only 2-finger scroll over the scrollbar so as to not touch any of the values and mess up my work. It really slows me down.
The Properties Panel inside InDesign 2019 is meant to be the new central location for most of the common settings in InDesign. So it is accessed pretty frequently by most users on a daily basis.
However if you happen to use InDesign on a low-res monitor, or have increased UI text for accessibility purposes, or even just use InDesign in a non-maximised window, it suffers from a big flaw.
These scenarios require the user to scroll the panel up or down to access hidden properties. However, the mouse scroll action is inadvertently captured by the various fields on the panel, and this automatically adjusts whatever is inside them, often without the user realising this has occurred.
The consequence of this is that regularly, the wrong fonts, text sizes, padding measurements etc are randomly dropped into a document, and tend to go unnoticed until it's too late... This probably happens in other panels as well aside from Properties.
Please Adobe, switch off this mouse scroll capture on all panel fields (or make it an option in preferences) so we don't end up sending massive amounts of mistakes to the printer thanks to bad UX design.
InDesign 2019 introduces the all encompassing Properties panel, which is great except for the fact that if you need to scroll the panel up or down on a lower resolution monitor (or you're using InDesign in a smaller window), there's roughly a 75-80% chance your mouse will get trapped inside a scrollable field and your document will be ruined from all the unwanted scroll activity. This really, really, really needs to be addressed...
PS. This would truly be playing havoc with accessibility users who use larger text on their monitors too.
Claus Hyldal commented
Yaiks. The Hover Scrolling is a potential disaster generator.
Please make it an OPT-IN functionality. Thanks.
Please add option to turn this feature off
I agree with Bestsy, please add an option to turn this monster off! I don't have time to check my files for changes I did not make and that hover scroll made without me noticing. Enraging. Stop messing around with features just because you can.