On the subject of overlay width, I find the over-wide width of the new Command Palette to be a serious distraction especially, and ironically, in distraction free mode. The other overlays are all positioned centrally while the new Command Palette appears way off on the far left of my monitor.
In September 2016 I made a suggestion, in the API Suggestions thread, which included the addition of flags to control the API's
show_quick_panel() overlay's width. It seems to me that might be a possible solution. Users could set different key bindings to open the Command Palette (and the other overlays) depending on how they want it/them to appear. [e.g. extra width for Show Files to reduce the minor annoyance of path truncation.]
My API suggestion requested that all of the various styles of ST overlays be made available in the API. In particular I'd very much like the Quick Switch Project (
prompt_select_workspace) style of overlay be made available - it pops-up and keeps the focus until a user selects something or cancels it, this would be highly appropriate for some tasks. Perhaps, since SHQ are dealing with overlays at the moment, this might be considered. IMO a desirable API addition - all of the various overlay styles being made available in the API would be the holy grail.