Lightroom Classic’s Hidden “Swipe Between Images” Feature

If you’re using Lightroom Classic on a Laptop (or you have a separate trackpad or even mouse with a scroll wheel) check this out — you can quickly scroll through your images by swiping with your finger right to left on your trackpad. See the 7-second quick video below (no audio).

Here’s where you turn it on:

You turn this feature on in Lightroom Classic’s Preferences; click on the Interface Tab, and the checkbox to turn this feature on/off is at the bottom of the window: “Swipe between images using mouse/trackpad.” (as seen above).

Hope you find that helpful.

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  1. Must be Mac only. Option not available in my Win 10 / LR 8.0 system.

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  2. Hi. You may also find this very useful with your trackpad. I made an app for macOS that lets you do quick develop changes with simple gestures over the trackpad. It’s called AudioSwift.

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  3. Thanks, I know now how to disable this 🙂

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  4. I’m fine that windows doesn’t do this, as I don’t like to have my images swiped anyway ! 🙂

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  5. Same as others, in Windows 10 and Lightroom 7.5 there is no option in the Interface tab.

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  6. It works on my iMac with a Magic Mouse and on my MacBook Pro touch pad but lack finite control … when you swipe/scroll through, the smallest of movements results in swiping through quite a few images and doesn’t seem to be easy to fine tune … but it does work.

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  7. same as Jim. On Windows 10, latest Lightroom, there is no such option in Preferences.

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  8. FYI – Swipe between images works on my desktop using the trackwheel. However, there is no option to select it on-or-off in the preferences. Lightroom 7.5, Windows 7.

    Maybe Macintosh only?

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