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  • How to stop the Format Pane from auto showing?

    Dear Foxit,

    When I write comments/notes/highlights, the Format Pane always comes up and disturbs my focus.
    I searched for a setting to prevent that but wasn't able to find any. I don't remember having to deal with that before I updated today. :/
    Is there any way to achieve this?

  • #2
    I registered here in order to write a post about exactly the same problem. I very much enjoyed using Foxit Reader but the update has made commenting horrendously annoying.

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    • #3
      barthcbb
      [email protected] ,
      Sorry for the inconvenience brought to you by the new style of format panel provided in the new version 11. There is still no way to close the format panel permanently, I have already submitted the suggestion "Provide an option to control whether automatically prompt Format panel" to our product management team for their consideration with suggestion ID#PHANTOM-15428.

      Any further questions or concerns, please contact us again.
      Last edited by Lisa_lee; 06-08-2021, 12:33 PM.

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      • #4
        agree with this post. its getting obnoxious, and its messing with my zooming

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        • #5
          moeeom ,We apologize for the inconvenience. Your feedback also has been submitted to our product management team.

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          • #6
            Spent 10 minutes registering just to ask this question. Kindly request the Foxit team to fix this. While it's a helpful feature to bring up with one click, the format pane overlaps with the page text, and intrudes twice! Once when the user tries to highlight text, and another time when one tries to add text. The pane also opens while adding a "Note" where formatting is hardly required. There must be an auto-hide feature like with the bookmarks paneClick image for larger version

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            • #7
              Originally posted by emotional_knapsack View Post
              Spent 10 minutes registering just to ask this question. Kindly request the Foxit team to fix this. While it's a helpful feature to bring up with one click, the format pane overlaps with the page text, and intrudes twice! Once when the user tries to highlight text, and another time when one tries to add text. The pane also opens while adding a "Note" where formatting is hardly required. There must be an auto-hide feature like with the bookmarks paneClick image for larger version

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              Thanks for the suggestion. We will re-design the workflow for the panel in future update.

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              • #8
                This panel needs to be bindable to a hotkey for easy closing AND we should have the option for it to auto-hide when the use deselects an object that has formatting.

                This "feature" is so bothersome and disruptive to my workflow (I have to annotate dozens of medical records in PDF daily) its a breaks-it fault of the program that will have me looking for a new solution for our entire business soon. This "feature" is easily doubling the time I and other workers have to spend in a document, or alternately I have to drag the window wider and thus cover up other windows I am working from. So this mean annotating, then closing the format pane, then annotating, then closing the format pane, then annotating, then closing the format pane.

                Also this bar should have a VERTICAL orientation of its buttons to minimize how much it intrudes too much on the viewing area for a document. The fact I cannot resize the width of the format panel past a rather wide minimum is unacceptable. I am running at 1440p displays and this tool bar will typically intrude 20%-25% into the viewing of a typical letter-sized scanned document when it pops open.

                And all this MIGHT be forgivable if it was on a hotkey like the Navigation Panel, but its not.

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                • #9
                  nordoceltic
                  Thanks for your report, that would be a very constructive suggestion for our Product Team.

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                  • #10
                    My full support for the request!

                    I do lots of online trainings those days and I have been using PDF comments as an **annotation** tool for my presentations.
                    Now, all of a sudden, this became unfeasible, as I have to close the Format Panel over and over again.

                    There should be definitely a configuration OPTION for auto-panel on/off.

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                    • #11
                      war3hol3
                      Understand. And that's what our engineering team is going to redesign in the next release, thanks for your report.

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                      • #12
                        Roy_Chen, as a Foxit user for 10 years or more, I completely agree with the colleagues here: it's very important to have an option to disable the auto showing of the Format Pane.

                        Sugestion:

                        Create two types of configuration for users:

                        1) Format Pane showing in the Option Ribbon (equal the last version). Strengths: do not disturbing the size of the page. Weakness: there are less format options.

                        2) Format Pane showing in the Format Pane, on the right (equal the new version but with the possibility of permanently hide and with the possibility to permanentely pin/fix the size of the Pane). Strengths: there are more format options. Weakness: there is no way to stop auto showing; reduces the size of the page.

                        Thanks for your time.

                        Regards,

                        Bruno.

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                        • #13
                          bbortoleto
                          I already submitted it to our engineering as the same project list as #PHANTOM-15688, apologize for any difficulty using Foxit Software!

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                          • #14
                            I also registered for the forum just to comment on this. I really like Foxit overall, but the latest change to the auto-appearing, but docked formatting menu is very distracting. This type of menu is the exact reason I stopped using Acrobat.

                            I markup certain PDFs daily, using a line to check items off a list. The PDF is on one side of my screen and usually a related excel sheet on the other. Now, when I use comments to make a mark, my whole PDF screen is pushed to the left and shrunk down, which messes with my flow and can makes text unreadably small. The menu is huge and distracting. I would like to see either a format menu that can be undocked and moved to the top or the ribbon, or possibly one that can be squished (by expanding the actual PDF doc to the right almost all the way, the same way the bookmarks works on the left). Another option might be a free floating menu. The point is that this current menu breaks usability and makes the user do a bunch of extra mouse clicks.

                            Another "improvement" I'm not fond of is the color options that appear above the comment line, circle, polygon - every one. That stuff is already on the menu. The way it is now, I can't mark one line directly above the other without clicking elsewhere first, because the menu is hovering above it. If I had to pick one fix over the other I'd choose to correct the right format menu over this smaller issue.

                            Please listen to your users! Thank you!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by beepbeep View Post
                              I also registered for the forum just to comment on this. I really like Foxit overall, but the latest change to the auto-appearing, but docked formatting menu is very distracting. This type of menu is the exact reason I stopped using Acrobat.

                              I markup certain PDFs daily, using a line to check items off a list. The PDF is on one side of my screen and usually a related excel sheet on the other. Now, when I use comments to make a mark, my whole PDF screen is pushed to the left and shrunk down, which messes with my flow and can makes text unreadably small. The menu is huge and distracting. I would like to see either a format menu that can be undocked and moved to the top or the ribbon, or possibly one that can be squished (by expanding the actual PDF doc to the right almost all the way, the same way the bookmarks works on the left). Another option might be a free floating menu. The point is that this current menu breaks usability and makes the user do a bunch of extra mouse clicks.

                              Another "improvement" I'm not fond of is the color options that appear above the comment line, circle, polygon - every one. That stuff is already on the menu. The way it is now, I can't mark one line directly above the other without clicking elsewhere first, because the menu is hovering above it. If I had to pick one fix over the other I'd choose to correct the right format menu over this smaller issue.

                              Please listen to your users! Thank you!
                              Thanks for the post. We will modify the workflow for Format tab in future update. For the improvement, to better understand the issue, may I have a screenshot for the 'color options' that appear above the comment line, circle, polygon as well as 'the menu" which is hovering above the line?

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