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Remove tools sidebar selector, or make it an option, or an option to move it to the top or the bottom

The tool sidebar is too close to the scroll bar, and make it difficult to use and select the scroll bar, which is almost always used. Make the position and/or the visibility of the tools sidebar a preference, since this redundant control is available using many other existing ways. This is the must frustrating, duplicative, and unusually located user control I have seen in many years.

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  • Greg commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    How do you make the tool pane visible again? In my View>Show/Hide the Tool Pane selection is greyed out?
    It was there yesterday when I was working on my documents.

  • Andrew Millikin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Putting the tools pane right next to the scroll bar is one of the WORST UI decisions I have ever seen in my ENTIRE LIFE. Give us an option to disable the tools pane COMPLETELY! I literally never want to see it ever again. I don't want to collapse it -- I want it GONE. GONE! Until then, I'm switching to SumatraPDF.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Adobe UI Design Department:

    Please get rid (or at least make it optional) the "Tools pane" on the right side of the window. (You should have called the icons there "Toolboxes" or "Tool sets" anyway.)

    And, give users the option to place any tools that we choose in a toolbar or toolbars at the top of the window. Allow us to customize the toolbar(s) to make our workflow easier--not harder.

    Thank you.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Can you imagine if other crazy application developers started stacking other sidebars alongside the windows scroll bar because they thought their toolbars were most important? You'd really have to be careful while doing simple operations like scrolling. Evidently Acrobat thinks they are the most important, and doesn't listen to simple, obvious, and clearly helpful suggestions on product improvement!

  • Tom Kreutz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Putting something other than the scroll bar along the right edge of the window is INSANE! I'm forced to carefully position my mouse every single time I want to use the scroll bar. It's like putting your car's brake pedal on the dashboard. Please fix this terrible design choice.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It would also be helpful if the items in the right-side pane were called something other than "tools," because we have the more traditional tools that we are used to seeing in the "toolbars" across the top of the document pane such as "highlight" and "add text" and "selection tool for text and images," etc.

    The items in the right-side pane should be called "toolboxes" or "functions" because that's what they are: groupings of tools.

  • RadioJim commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Add another voice to the scroll bar issue. I use reader to view technical documents and schematics. Which involves a lot of scrolling up, down, back, and forth, with the tool panel out of my way. Can we PLEASE put right the scroll bar back where computer users have been trained for almost 30 years to expect it to be?

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I disagree with removing the side toolbar.... but I agree if there are scroll bar issues.

    My main issue.... with the new Wide Screen Display Monitors.... there is more room on the sides of the monitor for this toolbar.... and Less room at the top and bottom of the Monitor.

    I just upgraded from Pro XI to Pro DC 2017.... The toolbar is on the right... but the functions for the toolbar are in a ribbon across the top. You have to click in two different places to use the function.
    Whereas.... in the old Pro XI.... the toolbar on the right side had Dropdown arrows to get to the Functions of the toolbars.

    With this ribbon across the top... it takes up room at the top and bottom and reduces the document window viewing size.

  • Ben Gaskin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes, thank you for complaining about this!. This is a huge usability issue. If the scrollbar is the right-most UI element it's easy to use. I can get my mouse to the right edge of the screen without looking, without thinking.

    If the scrollbar isn't the right-most UI element, it's exponentially harder to use.

    I'm a power user, I want to use the app fast. I want to concentrate on the document I have open, not on the menus.

  • Michel Phillips commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes! The Tools pane takes up too much real estate. Please allow a default option that does without it. A toggle key, similar to the F9 that toggles the file menu, would be most useful.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Acrobat Pro DC - Please tell us how to make Read mode (Ctrl-H) the default view for opening files so we can avoid the RHP opening until needed.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I was also frustrated by the loss of real estate from the tools/comment pane. There is a simple work around that I used. For any tools that you use regularly you can add them to the "Customize Quick Tools" which is the gear icon at the top. Then they appear at the top ribbon. Once you have all the tools you need there, you can close the comment/tools panes on the right side and that just leaves the scroll bar and you have all your real estate back. Hope it helps some others.

  • Poch commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I eventually learned that Read mode (Ctrl-H) hides that toolbar on the right-hand-side. I'm looking to see if I can make read mode the default view for opening files; no luck yet.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is a most annoying position for a collapsible toolbar especially when using with 2 or more monitors.

  • Poch commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Scrolling by clicking on the scroll bar is usually effortless because the scroll bar is flush right when an application is maximized. I only need to move the mouse to the right until it stops against the side of the screen; I don't need to land on a target. I think this is similar to the Mac menu on top (I'm using Windows), where the principle is since the Mac menu is flush against the top of the screen the user only needs to move the mouse cursor up until it stops moving rather than maneuver the mouse cursor to land on a small target.

    The tools expansion arrow button unfortunately is placed flush right where the scroll bar usually will be and I cannot just move the mouse cursor up against that side of the screen to be able to scroll.

    Please place the scrollbar flush right to the edge of the screen like in other apps and the older versions of Adobe Acrobat.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    wtf happened to Acrobat pro in 2017. I have to use search to find tools. Old interface WAY better.

  • Skip commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please give us the option for a legacy GUI in Acrobat DC.

  • kevmasterflex commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Agree. Annoying to place tools selection bar next to scrollbar. It is pretty tough to hit the right one on a touch screen...

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