Local adjustments - jumping between sliders

In short - <tab> button does not work in the panels of Local Adjustment Brush and Graduated Filter.
In detail, I often adjusting images using keyboard, especially in the Basic panel.
Because it's better to use sliders from top to right, I'm using following procedure:
1. Clicking to text field of the top most slider (usually Exposure)
2. Adjusting value using Shift+Up/Down Arrows
3. Fine tuning using Up/Down Arrows
4. Pressing Tab to jump to next slider, or Shift+Tab for previous if needed
And so on.
But unfortunatly Tab and Shift+Tab does not work in the panels of Local Adjustments tools.
I think this is not a bug but rather missing feature - it does not work in previous versions too.
But it's really missing.

SistersCountry wrote:
When doing heavy highlight or exposure recovery using local adjustments on RAW files I can see a demonstrable difference many times between using automask and not using it.
The "heavy highlight or exposure recovery" is a key...Auto Mask works well when the adjustment are subtle–which is what it was designed for. If you are expecting accurate masking when making radical changes, it simply will not work. For that you really need to go into Photoshop and use really accurate selection techniques to get accurate results.

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