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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Daniel Terol commented
I was hoping this could be turned off. Please let us turn this off.
TJ Zafarana commented
Please fix this! It is such a frequent occurrence for me while working on my laptop.
OMG. This almost certainly explains some of the mysterious problems I've had with typefaces changing without my intent. As the only person who ever touches the documents and no coworkers (at least not here at my home office), I have had a couple of occasions where I thought I was losing my mind. And if you accidentally hover-scroll through multiple typefaces, it takes multiple undos to get back to the original state. This really should be an opt-in setting, but at least give us the ability to opt OUT.
Lukas Engqvist commented
Agree that predictability in certain parts of the workflow is so much more important than speed. This feature is so fast it trips us.
Matty Hayes commented
I agree with the other users. I'm experiencing this problem and think a small option somewhere in the program would be very helpful to toggle this feature on/off. Please fix, Adobe!
Scott Fineshriber commented
When using the Apple Magic Mouse hover scrolling can be a minefield of frustration. The slightest brush of the surface of the mouse can change your chosen typeface, type size, color choice, page, zoom level and on and on. It's a huge annoyance and a waste of my time. Please make this feature an option, not a mandatory irritant. Adobe needs to stay focused on their professional users and longtime professional users, considering CC is too expensive for most amateurs to bother with. We are your bread and butter. Please stop ******* us off.
still very annoying and no fix in sight?
Yes please take this off, it's very frustrating
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?
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.