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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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

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  1. 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.

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  2. Love these, Scott, thanks for sharing. You’re the best.

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  3. 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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