I have used a whole bunch of applications e.g. Acrobat, Inkscape, SumatraPDF, Foxit that use the following shortcuts for zooming and panning,

  • Scrollwheel = pan up/down
  • Shift + Scrollwheel = pan left/right
  • Ctrl + Scrollwheel = Zoom in/out

Is it possible to get this behaviour in PS with a plugin or something? I realise there is an either/or option for setting scrollwheel to pan or zoom but not both with a modifier.

I could use the tools and default shortcuts but they are really clunky and require me to move to and from the mouse, esp. Ctrl +/- to zoom in/out.


These are the movement shortcuts that I commonly use in Photoshop:

  • Scrollwheel: Pan up/down
  • Ctrl + Scrollwheel: Pan left/right
  • Ctrl + Alt + Scrollwheel: Zoom in/out

You can hold down Shift with any of these to pan or zoom in at a greater magnitude. I am not aware of any way to modify these shortcuts.

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  • Ah, thanks, that covers all the bases but is annoyingly different to, say Acrobat, or a bunch of other established products ... – Brendan Dec 20 '13 at 16:41
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    @Brendan it's at least consistent between Photoshop and Illustrator, which is a bit of a surprise. Consistency across programs is not one of Adobe's strong suits ;) – JohnB Dec 20 '13 at 16:43
  • Hmm, that's kind of annoying. I'm only just starting to use Adobe's products beyond Acrobat and having to re-calibrate my brain is really jarring. Thanks though! – Brendan Dec 20 '13 at 16:49

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