Optimize size of Play Panel when docked
When docking the Play Panel below the Inspector area, it takes too much useful space, especially when using MuseScore in small sceeens such as in a laptop, where display area is at a premium. Even if it can be shrinked a bit by dragging downward its top handle, there is a minimum size attainable, shown in the screen capture at the left. As can be seen, there is a large and almost empty rectangle whose only use is to show the playing time in measures:beats and h:mm:ss. If the font size were large, there would be some justification, but at the current size there isn't.
In the figure at the right, a proof-of-concept version is shown, where the rectangle has been removed and the play time has been relocated above the play control buttons. This allows showing more relevant information from the inspector.
By the way, some items of the Play Panel seem to be slightly uncentered. Consider that the vertical strips of the faders dominate the visual balance much more than the sliders.
Workaround: 1) Remove the Status bar, 2) Go to the full screen view (don't forget to shrink again the Play Panel). These actions will show more inspector area. However, with the change suggested, even more would be shown.