Properties Panel captures mouse scrolling inside fields
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.
Mario P. Proenca commented
The same issue was just noticed today. Scrolling over the properties Panel captures mouse scrolling inside fields.
Depending on the scrolling and the element that is actively selected, it may cause great trouble.
As an example, with a text frame full of content, if during the scroll the mouse hovers any of the font-properties it may happen that, by the "Undo limits" configuration, it might not be possible to recover work done on the text frame.
A quick fix issue on this would be greatly appreciated.
Elliot Taylor commented
Adding my support to please fix this. You made a panel that is larger than my monitor but cannot be scrolled with a mouse without accidentally changing my font and making me undo like 97 times.
Or I end up with old-german text and can't understand a thing.
Cyrill Studer commented
Cyrill Studer commented
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.
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.