P: Swap Develop panels for Left-Handers

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Explorer ,
Jan 10, 2014 Jan 10, 2014

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I'm a left-hander, and I find that using a Wacom tablet with Lightroom is incredibly cumbersome at times. This is due to the fact that all of the develop panels are on the right side of the screen, and accessing them with my pen means crossing my arm all the way across my body to the right so that the pen can access the sliders on the right panel. My idea is to add a "left-handed mode" that would simply swap the location of the left/right panels, making it easier to access the develop (and other currently-right-sided) panels when using a pen tablet.

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LEGEND ,
Dec 11, 2018 Dec 11, 2018

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Adding. Unbelievable that this is not an option. I just got access to a Surface Studio, was super excited to work on it with Lightroom and within the first 2 minutes realized I had to switch the panels. Shocking to find out it's not an option!

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New Here ,
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 12, 2018

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I was so excited to see the latest update supporting custom panel order only to quickly discover that Adobe ignores the lefties again.  Can't swap left/right.  Come on Adobe.  Really?  

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New Here ,
Dec 20, 2018 Dec 20, 2018

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This thread was first start 5 years ago and STILL NO update to Lightroom Classic for left-handed users!? This is complete trash. Adobe, if you're reading, PLEASE FIX THIS!

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New Here ,
Dec 20, 2018 Dec 20, 2018

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Seriously. Why has this problem not been addressed already? The mere fact that we have to come on here and beg them to fix it is completely ludicrous.

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New Here ,
Dec 20, 2018 Dec 20, 2018

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Thank you! It's almost 2019 and unfortunately there is still no fix to this issue, so we have to keep hounding them on this. 

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LEGEND ,
Jan 08, 2019 Jan 08, 2019

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Just posted this message to my social channels and someone redirected me to this site ... great to see i am not alone in this but frustrating that years later we still don't have a proper solution to fix it ...

Several versions of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom over the years yet we still can't change the panels in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to move over to the left hand side of the screen. Being a Left handed user I would love to see this ! Being able to move all of the editing panels over to the left of the screen instead of always on the right.

I have Adobe Photoshop setup so that all of my panels are on the left and love it. (it looks weird to other non left handed folks but works great for me on my Wacom Creatives Europe MSP and Cintiq 27" Displays)



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LEGEND ,
Feb 22, 2019 Feb 22, 2019

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Wake up Adobe....Wacom have just sold a bucket-load of Cintiq 16s to left-handers who are only now just discovering that you don't value them.  We don't care that it involves a bunch of developers to fix - not when our entire hand is covering our screens every time we go for a slider.  We have adapted to a world designed for right-handers, but this one is too much.  I am genuinely "annoyed at you" for the first time in many years.  Please use our subscription money to make your products usable for all.  Imagine 17% of your users collectively rejoicing that someone thought of their needs for once.

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LEGEND ,
Feb 22, 2019 Feb 22, 2019

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Wake up Adobe....Wacom have just sold a bucket-load of Cintiq 16s to left-handers who are only now just discovering that you don't value them.  We don't care that it involves a bunch of developers to fix - not when our entire hand is covering our screens every time we go for a slider.  We have adapted to a world designed for right-handers, but this one is too much.  I am genuinely "annoyed at you" for the first time in many years.  Please use our subscription money to make your products usable for all.  Imagine 17% of your users collectively rejoicing that someone thought of their needs for once.

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LEGEND ,
Mar 21, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

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I want to use the Surface Pen for editing photos too, but as a lefty is kind of imposible.

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LEGEND ,
Jul 11, 2019 Jul 11, 2019

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Hi everyone,

Also a leftie here and I find it unbelievable to see that Adobe has not thought about such a feature swapping the panels... It becomes really difficult not to say impossible to edit photos "on the go" with a stylus.

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LEGEND ,
Jul 11, 2019 Jul 11, 2019

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You can now reorder the Develop module sub-panels, so why is it not possible to have the panels switch sides? I am no programmer, but I cannot see why it should be so difficult to achieve what so many other applications have allowed for years. My interest is Lightroom Classic on Windows. I put my Photoshop panels on the left side, which makes it much easier for me to use. Why not Lightroom?

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New Here ,
Oct 24, 2019 Oct 24, 2019

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Just having floating panels as in PS would work? How many years has this thread been on here and still nothing.

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Explorer ,
Jan 04, 2020 Jan 04, 2020

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I have been using Lightroom for years on a PC and recently upgraded to an iMac.  I was thrilled when I found out I could use my iPad pro as an editing tablet with Lightroom.  But I am SO DISSAPPOINTED that I am unable to swap the TOOLS to the Left side of the screen.  Editing on a tablet as a left handed person positions your hand on top of the photo you are working on... How is that helpful???  Please add the ability to swap sides.  How hard could that be???

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Community Expert ,
Jan 07, 2020 Jan 07, 2020

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radamo77, great news. You already can on iPad. Go to Preferences (cog icon) > Gesture Shortcuts and you'll find the switch in there.
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Explorer ,
Jan 07, 2020 Jan 07, 2020

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First off, thank you!  I actually found that!  Don't see it for Photoshop (but use it less often).  I think I did not originally notice this on the ipad version of LR since I was using "sidecar" to try to edit on my ipad while seeing the result on my iMac. So it was really just showing the iMac screen on the iPad.  I don't see how to use the iPad version of LR while showing on the iMac.  Will have to play some more.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 22, 2020 Jan 22, 2020

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A left-handed mode (i.e. scrollbar on the left, option for panel and tool locations) for all of Adobe Software would be absolutely wonderful.

Sure, lefties are a small 10% of the population, but we are some of history's most influential folks - Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Einstein, Bill Gates, and Aristotle were/are lefties.

Through we're pretty used to adapting and thriving in the right-handed world, Adobe CC could cut us Lefties a break. 

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Explorer ,
Jan 22, 2020 Jan 22, 2020

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Or charge us half price for a product that is clearly NOT designed for our use.

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New Here ,
Mar 05, 2020 Mar 05, 2020

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I can’t believe this is from 6 years ago and still nothing has been done.

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Explorer ,
Mar 05, 2020 Mar 05, 2020

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Clearly it is due to this being such a low cost product... NOT!

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Participant ,
Mar 23, 2020 Mar 23, 2020

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Can i move the Module that are normally on the right to be on the left?  Ive added a new Apple XDR and am using two monitors in LR.  This puts the Develop Module way out in right field.  Can it be moved to the left side?  Thanks

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LEGEND ,
Apr 03, 2020 Apr 03, 2020

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Adoba please implement this. It's nearly impossible to use a tablet for left-handers. Is it really so hard to implement?

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LEGEND ,
Apr 03, 2020 Apr 03, 2020

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Already 2020...

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 14, 2020 Aug 14, 2020

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You forgot Paul McCartney lol... 😄

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 14, 2020 Aug 14, 2020

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Hello, also a leftie here... And I add my voice to this group. I just discovered that Ipad users have the function already so why not Android ?

It is already difficult to be a left handed person in right handed world but seriously COME ON, don't you have anybody left handed in your team that can explain why this is the MOST IMPORTANT FEATURE TO ADD right now ?

Thanks.

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Explorer ,
Aug 14, 2020 Aug 14, 2020

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So true.  The Snapchat users are in their own little (or not so little) world, but it's not  MY world.

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