TAB to palette windows: please don’t toggle status bar

DH
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Dan_Heller
Mar 7, 2004
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The TAB key toggles the display of all the various palette windows. However, it also toggles the status bar. This is not a palette window; it has its own use, it cannot be moved, and it’s even separated from the other pallette windows in the Window menubar. This should toggle only by selecting its own checkbox in the Windows menubar. It’s incredibly tiring having to go back to that menu item all the time just to toggle it back on when I toggle off the palette windows.

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MM
Mick_Murphy
Mar 7, 2004
Try shift-tab instead and define a shortcut to get rid of the toolbox if you don’t like it or use tab and define a shortcut to show the status bar.
DH
Dan_Heller
Mar 7, 2004
I forgot to mention that the same applies to the little control panel at the top that gives the various options for each of the tools in the tools palette. Again, this should never go away, or
at least be dismissed independently of the other palettes, just as described by the status bar in the previous message.

I work in fullscreen mode often, and switch between tools using the single-letter mnemonics: O for dodge/tool brush, c for crop, etc. I can’t alter brush sizes or other options in each tool with the palettes gone, and I don’t want to have to keep toggling it back and forth just to get access. The status bar and the tool control panel do not take up enough screen real estate to need to dispose of them as much as the others.
DH
Dan_Heller
Mar 7, 2004
Try shift-tab instead and define a shortcut to get rid of the toolbox if you don’t like it or use tab and define a shortcut to show the status bar.

If that’s possible, can I define a shortcut to do what TAB does now, but leave the status bar? As it is, I can’t figure out a way to shortcut a way to toggle only the status bar.

(BTW, I’d also like to reference "shortcuts" from an action. possible?)
MM
Mick_Murphy
Mar 7, 2004
I don’t think you can simply define a shortcut to hide all palettes and leave the status bar. You could do it through an action. Simplest way though, if you also want to keep the options bar visible as well would be to create a simple action to toggle the status bar and options bar and define a key for that. Then tab and that key would get you what you want.

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