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How To “Super Delete” A Photo From a Lightroom Collection

This is a handy shortcut, but this is also a “heads up” because clicking on a photo in a collection and hitting delete simply removes the photo from that Lightroom Classic collection (the original photo is still on your computer or external hard drive, depending on where you store your original images). However, this shortcut actually:

  1. Removes the image from your collection
  2. Removes the image from Lightroom altogether
  3. Removes the image from your computer (or external hard drive) and puts it straight in the trash
  4. It doesn’t give you a “Are you sure you want to delete this forever?” warning first – it just deletes it immediately.

The shortcut is: Shift-Option-Command-Delete on Mac, or Shift-Alt-Ctrl-Backspace on a Windows PC.

So, it can be very handy, but it’s also very potent, so use this one with care.

I’m off to Swingin’ London, Baby Yeah!

I’m leaving Sunday for London, where I’ll be teaching a travel photography workshop for 12 awesome folks this coming week (along with my co-instructor Mimo Meidany), so I’m not sure how much blogging I’ll get done (never fear, Rob will carry on while I’m out swinging). I’m going a few days early because I’ll be recording a travel photography course for KelbyOne that I’m very excited about (more on that soon).

In the meantime, as soon as I get back, it’s time for the annual Photoshop World conference (more details here). TONS of Lightroom classes and Photoshop classes and fun. Then, it’s the new BILD Expo 2023 up in New York City at the Javtis Center, where I’ll be doing a keynote presentation called “Crush the Composition.” Details and tickets for that here. Then, I’ll be speaking at Rocky Nook’s Art and Craft of Photography online conference in November (tickets and info here). Lots of fun stuff going on.

Here’s wishing you a great, safe, fun weekend. See you all soon. 🙂


P.S. We’ve been releasing some really fantastic online courses at KelbyOne, including a kick-butt one on composition from Mimo Meidany this week (we release a new online course every single week). You can buy any course individually, or join for just $19.95 a month and watch them all. Here’s the link with all the details.



  1. Marty 25 August, 2023 at 13:12 Reply

    ctrl (cmd) + alt (opt) +delete key = removes from collection, catalog and hard drive
    alt (opt) +delete key = removes from collection, and catalog
    delete key = removes from collection

    • Cliff McKenzie 3 September, 2023 at 05:57 Reply

      Marty, the ctrl+alt+delete does not remove an image in the PC world but is the command to activate shutdown, task manager and switch user. It is one of the oldest commands and is the backdoor to do a cold restart.

      Shift-Alt-Ctrl-Backspace does work.

  2. Tom 25 August, 2023 at 08:19 Reply

    Hi Scott,
    I think that you missed out the shortcut in this article.
    Hope that you enjoy your trip to the UK – you’re always most welcome here.

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