Tip: How To Turn Off The Annoying Photo Info Overlay

I think Lightroom is all about showcasing your photos and making them look great. To me, nothing ruins that more than that annoying photo info overlay that appears in the top left of the photo in the Library and Develop module (see image below).


I’m in Colfax, Washington right now teaching a workshop along side of Bill Fortney and friends. While in the classroom today, I noticed that overlay on several of the screens from people in the class and you’d be amazed at the sigh of relief when I showed them that you just have to press the I key to turn it off. Yup… that’s it. Press the letter I to cycle through the different info overlays and eventually turn it off altogether.

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  1. Seriously, my cat took a snooze on my keyboard and hit a bunch of buttons. I had these annoying tags over my pictures. Who knew it was as easy to turn off just by hitting the letter “i”. You saved me today!!! Thanks for posting something so random!

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  2. This is a great tip, but it doesn’t seem to work in the Print module.

    It says:
    Page 1 of 1
    Paper: Custom Size
    Printer: Epson….

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  3. haha I feel SOOOO DUMB thank you SO MUCH!!!!!! I seriously laughed at that but its awesome thank you,

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  4. Thanks, Matt, for sharing this tip. It is such a simple thing, and yet one of those you don’t realize how useful it is until somebody tells you about it!

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  5. Lightroom question: When I import my photos it “CHANGES” them. They go from being spot on exposure and color(thanks to using a light meter and White Balancing) to being overexposed by at least a stop. No presets are used, and I have “heard” it may be the “conversion” to a JPEG for viewing purposes. I can’t wrap my head around this idea though, as how are we supposed to use a dummy version of a JPEG that isn’t “true” to color correct, correct exposure, etc in lightroom if it isn’t what it really look like. GRRR… I would love to have an answer to this issue if you have one! Makes me want to go back to shooting in JPEG as I knew I was spot on and I didn’t have to have any “help” from Lightroom.

    Jenny Rhea Eisenhauer

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  6. Matt: I was wondering, since I have upgraded to LR5 and converted my catalogs to 5, should I go ahead and delete LR4’s old catalog? It seems like it is destined to stay in my drive and never be used again. I mean, is there any reason to keep it that you can think of?

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  7. While I sometimes turn the overlay off, I love the ease of access to the information it provides (once you’ve customised them).

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  8. How to you get the info overlay not to appear at all. We shouldn’t have to press the i key for each photo.

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    • Ummm, you don’t have to.

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    • Select View > View Options and select Loupe. You can then set every line of each of the two Info displays to ‘none’. Then the I key won’t display anything.

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      • Why do it like that? Makes no sense.

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