File comment: The Problem:
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As you can see from this image, it is sometimes completely impossible to pick the desired focus setting, due to them going plain off the screen. I would have to have a significant number of buildings, then expand the buildings panel if I wanted the sidepanel to be big enough to fit all those focus settings on. Now there may well be too many focus options currently, but I'd still prefer that this UI limitation didn't exist. It would probably be better if a set number - say, 5 - focus settings were visible at any given time, and the list was scrollable via the mousewheel, while mousing-over the focus droplist itself.
File comment: The Other Problem
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This used to happen to me way too often when there were 5 focus settings. Currently, all four of the focus settings available are selectable, though one is barely visible. Before, if I wanted to choose research focus, but forgot to scroll down after opening the resource sub-panel, I would have to click out of the focus droplist, scroll down, then open the focus droplist again to select research. This is because when I initially opened the droplist, the research focus was off the bottom of the screen, inaccessible to the mouse. It would be nice if, even while the focus droplist is open, the mousewheel could be used to scroll down the sidepanel (while the sidepanel - not the focus droplist itself - is being moused-over).
And while I'm ranting about mousewheel functionality, there are these little spaces in between the planet panels on the system sidepanel, and if you put the mouse there, using the mousewheel will zoom in/out of the galaxy map instead of scrolling the sidepanel. Sometimes, while I'm scrolling the sidepanel, it will move in such a way that one of those little spaces will move under my mouse, and I'll start zooming the map, rather than scrolling the sidepanel. If those little spaces could be removed/treated as a section of the sidepanel (with 100% transparancy) so that mousing over them is considered a mouseover of the sidepanel rather than the galaxy map, that would also be useful.