PDF Reader: toolbar button for hand tool

Is there a plan to put a button on the PDF reader toolbar that toggles between the Hand Tool and the normal cursor? The buttons for things like highlighting text flip the cursor from Hand Tool mode, which is obviously nicely ergonomic, but it would be nice to have a nearby button that flipped the cursor back to Hand Tool when the user has finished annotating. I know it's in the View menu; it would just be one click less. Not exactly life-changing, but useful :)
  • I'm not even sure why we have the hand tool in the menu — if anything I'd say we should just remove it altogether. It's not the default mode.

    What are you actually using it for? I'm not sure what one would use it for that's not adequately addressed by vertical or horizontal scrolling with a trackpad or mouse.
  • edited 9 days ago
    I guess it's just a matter of personal preference. I've always liked using the hand tool in apps like Adobe Acrobat for moving back and forth in pdf documents. Given that, at least on my copy of Acrobat, which is getting old this is the default mode, I'm guessing that I'm not completely alone in this. I was glad to see that the Zotero pdf reader has it, and I use it a lot. You're quite right, of course: there are many other ways of moving around documents, and if it wasn't there I'd be using them. Is there a reason you'd want to remove that option?
  • @dstillman Often being able to drag from the middle of the page is a lot more convenient than having to go over to the scroll bar on the side, especially for accessibility
  • Good point. It also allows for more precision when you're examining a figure or table that's larger than the visible window so you're having to scroll back and forth a lot to take it all in.
  • @bwiernik: I wasn't suggesting using scrollbars. My point was that you can just pan using your trackpad or scrollwheel (the latter with Shift for horizontal). The hand tool doesn't seem to really add anything.

    (Preview on macOS doesn't have a visible hand tool at all, though you can make one appear temporarily if you hold down Option+Space.)
  • True, but back to my comment about precision: scrollwheels tend to move the document in jumps of several lines. Sometimes it's useful to be able to scroll the document in smaller increments and position it exactly where you need it. Back to my original question: aside from the question of whether it would be helpful to have a cursor toggle button on the toolbar, the hand tool is there now; is there a good reason for removing it?
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