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Seven More Really Handy Lightroom Shortcuts

It’s Friday; the weekend’s almost here, so let’s kick it off by learning some really helpful shortcuts for Lightroom’s Library Module. Here we go:

(1) Press ‘t’ to toggle the toolbar at the bottom of the thumbnail grid on/off. When it’s on, press and hold ‘t’ to temporarily toggle it off; release the “t’ to bring it back.

(2) Press Option-1 to apply the first keyword in your current Keyword Set. Press Option-2, for the 2nd, Option-3 for the third and so on (On a PC, it’s Alt-1, Alt-2, Alt-3 and so on).

(3) Press \ (backslash) to show/hide the Library filter across the top of the Thumbnail grid

(4) Press + to make your thumbnails larger. Press – to make them smaller.

(5) Press Shift-Tab to hide all the top, bottom and side panels so only the Thumbnails are visible. Press Shift-Tab again to bring them back.

(6) To Stack selected images under one thumbnail; press “Command-G (PC: Ctrl-G).” To UnStack: click on the stacked thumbnail and press “Shift-Command-G (PC: Shift-Ctrl-G). To move an image to the top thumbnail in the Stack, press Shift-S. To expand the Stack, press “s.” To collapse it again, press “s” again.

(7) To apply a star-rating, and automatically move to the next image; hold Shift and press 1-5. To apply a Color Label, and automatically move to the next image; hold Shift and press 6-9. To remove all Stars, press “0.” To remove a color label, right-click on the thumbnail; go under ‘Set Color Label’ and choose “None.”

Hope you found that helpful. 🙂

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Have a great weekend!


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  1. Gary Kueppers 26 January, 2018 at 10:40 Reply

    I cannot get #7 for stars to work for LR6 on Windows 10. I have tried all combinations of Shift-1 to give one star and move to next photo. It will do neither. ???

    • Rob Sylvan 26 January, 2018 at 10:47 Reply

      If Auto Advance (under the Photo menu) is checked, then holding the Shift key has the opposite effect (stops auto advance). So, when Auto Advance is checked, just press the 1 – 5 keys to apply the star rating and automatically advance.

  2. Paul 15 January, 2018 at 21:39 Reply

    On my mac, to add a star or color label I don’t need to shift…just hit the number button by itself and the number is assigned and the frame advances automatically.

    • Rob Sylvan 26 January, 2018 at 10:48 Reply

      That is because Auto Advance (under Photo menu) is checked. When that is unchecked, Shift or engaging Caps Lock enables auto advance. When Auto Advance is checked, then Shift (or Caps Lock) disables auto advance.

  3. Doug Sundseth 12 January, 2018 at 08:57 Reply

    On #7: You can also remove a color label by pressing the same number again with the labeled image selected.

    So, for example, you can set a red label by pressing “6” and if you then want to remove it, you can select the same image and press “6” again. (Or, of course, change to a different color by choosing a different number.)

    None of this works with purple, of course, since there’s no shortcut for a purple label.

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