10 Things I Would Tell a New Lightroom User: #8

Happy Tuesday, folks. I’m skipping the usual disclaimer today, but if you feel like writing something angry in a comment, then give it a quick read first. OK, let’s get to it:

#8: Turn Off Auto Show/Hide for Your Left/Right Side Panels

If I had a dollar for every email or comment I get from new Lightroom users literally begging me, “Please tell me there’s a way to stop the panels from popping in and out on me all day long!” then I’d have… well… a whole bunch of dollars by now.


Thankfully, there is: right-click on the little arrow on the center edge of each panel and a pop-up menu will appear, where you can choose Manual. Now the panels will only open when you actually click on that little arrow (or if you press one of these F-key keyboard shortcuts):

F5 to show/hide the top Navigation panel
F6 for the Filmstrip at the bottom
F7 for the left side Panels area
F8 for the right side Panels area

Extra tip: if you press the Tab key on your keyboard, it hides left and right side panels. Press Shift-Tab and it hides the top and bottom panels at the same time (I’m a big Shift-Tab guy, myself).

OK, there ya have it — short & sweet and all that stuff. Make sure you stop by and check out Pete’s post here tomorrow.

Have a good one!


Author: Scott Kelby

Scott is the President of KelbyOne, an online educational community for photographers, Photoshop and Lightroom users. He's editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Editor of "Lightroom magazine"; Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and the author of a string of bestselling Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography books. You can learn more about Scott at http://scottkelby.com

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  1. Great tip, especially for those of us who can’t afford expensive monitors.

    I also love the “F” key for a full-screen, nothing else, summary of what I’m working on.

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    • and “Z” for even more of it up close and personal. 🙂

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