a picture paints a thousand words. Here is an example of the first pointless preview (the text box Unselected)
and in this one, as you can see from the grab handles, the text box is now selected, but we still get the pointless preview…
I should make it clear that I agree with your description of behaviour on doubleclick (as if you’re editing the whole piece) but that’s rarely my use case. I raised a number of issues in my early days with the editor (particularly the bizarre behaviour of the action taking place some random number of spaces left of the cursor) These were never resolved so I never edit more than a spelling mistake or single word in situ. If I need to edit more dramatically (eg insert or delete a sentence) I always cut and paste the text into a more stable text editor, do the edit then copy and paste back into the VP object.
There are two scenarios where the pointless previews are really irritating. One is probably common, the need to edit a single word and the mouse tracking to that word is suddenly obscured by a the giant preview. The second is probably unique to me as it’s a requirement for my html modelling. The devs made some significant improvements following my nagging at the tail end of last year, but they never cracked the main issue (preventing the html glossary links opening one new window per link) and so I’m still using our home grown solution to that (pasting hot spots over the links so we can recode the output html to use our window structure rather than VPs) That pasting does not require “editing” the text. In fact, that would make it impossible. So what typically happens is that I’m dragging a hot spot (an oval with the required link buried in it) over the glossary link, when suddenly the preview obscures the target and I cannot complete the task (accurately)
I accept that this is a unique situation but my wider point still holds. In about 3,000 hours of using VP I have yet to hit a single situation where those previews are remotely useful. I imagine they must be for other users but not for me. Please! Just tell me how to switch them off!!