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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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.
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.
II love Indesign, but is there any way Adobe could give us another preference that i sorely need?
You have made the tools so fine-lined and small that no matter what interface color choice i use, they are very hard to see. Can you either make the toolbox able to be enlarged, or make the lines of the tools a little thicker? Some of us are no longer 20 years old, but are still working and have a hard time with eye problems.
another gripe about the toolbox is that a few editions back, the pen, pencil, brush and eraser were clearly different. Now, along with being so fine-lined, they are similar-looking. Please help us who are still out here working, not just looking at how "elegant" the apps are.
Please add an option to turn this monster off! It took me a long time to understand why my text was mysteriously changing.
Christy Kelleher commented
Please fix Hover Scrolling or give us a way to turn it off - it is not a helpful feature. In fact I hate this feature and use a Magic Mouse, which I'm sure makes it worse. The InDesign the window just starts randomly moving around and you have to wait until it stops. It is wasting my time and very frustrating.
YES! Finally, I understand why my documents were changing. I thought I was just starting to lose my edge, I was getting sloppy. I can't tell you how long I've been finding/fixing/correcting because of this ridiculous "feature". This, in my opinion, is not a feature at all. I work with very large, 200+ page documents. I use paragraph styles, character styles, table styles, object styles, etc. in an effort to format my documents faster and more consistently. I have lost my MIND trying to figure out how random bits of text would suddenly appear in a different point size or weight. Please, Adobe, consider making this a preference that the user can opt to turn off.