Beginner’s Tip: Getting The Lightroom Interface Out Of The Way


If you’re new to Lightroom, being able to control Lightroom’s interface, and get it out of the way when you want it, is pretty important. Obviously, there are a lot of times where we need to make adjustments to our image, and at those times we need Lightroom’s controls and panel front and center, but there are also times when you want some, or all of Lightroom’s interface out-of-the-way, so you can just focus on the image without any on-screen distractions.

Here’s three quick ways to limit how much of that interface you see while you’re editing.



#1: To hide just the Left and Right Side Panels, press the Tab key (to bring them back, press Tab again).


#2. To also hide the Top and Bottom panels (along with the sides), press Shift-Tab.

BONUS TIP: > To hide that gray toolbar across the bottom of the screen, press letter “T” on your keyboard.


#3: To show your image Full Screen (no Lightroom interface at all), press the letter “F” on your keyboard.

Hope you find that helpful. 🙂

Hope you have a rockin’ Tuesday!





  1. Rose Kerin 5 November, 2015 at 16:18 Reply

    That’s strange as Ive never had a problem with the F issue. Will remember tip of Alt-f though. I especially like the Shift-tab key as it still shows the views in the left corner. Awesome.

  2. Craig 27 October, 2015 at 16:38 Reply

    When I press the F key for full screen, it often does not return to the standard screen when I press F, and I have to Press Alt + F then click on quit to close Lightroom cc – latest version.

    • Rob Grant 28 October, 2015 at 11:36 Reply

      Lately, I’ve been getting the same glitch where LR sometimes won’t exit from the full screen view. I believe Adobe did an update to resolve this, but it was associated with the adjustment brush as I recall. I find LR will often glitch randomly and freeze in full screen view with nothing to do with the adjustment brush. So this is still an ongoing problem, although I didn’t do the latest update after hearing all the other problems! Oddly this glitch happens somewhat frequently on my desktop computer but never on my laptop.

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