Tip: How To Turn Off The Annoying Photo Info Overlay
I think Lightroom is all about showcasing your photos and making them look great. To me, nothing ruins that more than that annoying photo info overlay that appears in the top left of the photo in the Library and Develop module (see image below).
I’m in Colfax, Washington right now teaching a workshop along side of Bill Fortney and friends. While in the classroom today, I noticed that overlay on several of the screens from people in the class and you’d be amazed at the sigh of relief when I showed them that you just have to press the I key to turn it off. Yup… that’s it. Press the letter I to cycle through the different info overlays and eventually turn it off altogether.
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Brother really appreciated short precise to the point. You made my life in lightroom way better.
My 3 year old was pressing keys on my laptop when I was out of the room (AGHHHH!!) luckily she didn’t do much damage but changed some things around in LR – thanks so much I couldn’t figure this out and it was driving me nuts!
Finally Safe! haha tnx!
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It’s not working for me and its really irritating
Make sure you are pressing the letter i for Info, and not the lowercase letter L that looks like an upper case i.
I edit on my phone and it popped up. How do I get it to go away since there is no keyboard option on the phone?
On mobile, do a two-finger tap to cycle through overlays until gone.
Thank you! can’t believe this is still a thing lol
Thank you for this. I had pressed I bymistake on my key board and was annoyed using this since a month. But thought to google today and first post by u. Thanks it was just few seconds and woof it’s gone. Thanks again.
thanks thanks thanks
OMG! This simple? I hated it for months before eventually googling it :)) thanks a lot, I love you :)))
You are the GOAT!!!
You are the real MVP, thank you Sir
Is there anywhere in the info overlay (or anywhere else in Lr) that tells you what shooting mode you took the image in?
Yes, you can look in the Metadata panel (set to EXIF) or configure the Info Overlay to display Exposure Program (View > View Options).
OMG you saved my life thanks so. much for sharing
Omg thank you! I googled this because I couldn’t take it anymore. And fixed it in 2 seconds thanks to this!
THANK YOU!!!! My cat walked across my keyboard and I had no clue what she tapped when it appeared.
All I can say is – thank you so much for this, and also, I can’t believe I didn’t know this already… 😀
Thank YOU soooooo much!
I still work with the old lightroom 5.7 – when I press l the whole screen goes black with exception of the photo – pressing 1 several times never gets rid of the overlay information 🙁
It sounds like you are pressing L not i. L is Lights Out. You want to press the letter i for info overlay.
!!!! the man
Thank you so much
I was also pressing L! Thanks a ton, I was stumped and it was so simple! 🙂
Thank you as something so easy should be in the “How To” books under Text Removal or some easily found subject in their indexes.
I honestly can’t believe I’ve been putting up with this annoying overlay for months! I must have accidentally clicked ‘I’ only when attempting to import images using keyboard shortcuts. Thank you so much!
I was looking around for this all night. Thank you!
hahaha i laugh at myself… it’s bugging me for 2 days yet only one press of letter I in keyboard can solved the problem.
thank you for the info.
You are my hero.
How about having the info overlay appear only on the main monitor and having the second monitor free of any overlay for full unabridged preview?
Wait I don’t see how to do it? How do you do it?
press i button
LOL! Thank you soooooooo nuch.
LOL. That’s been bugging me for weeks. Sigh of relief indeed! Thank you.
Thank you so much.
Oh My God. One hour of cursing at Lightroom and this is all I needed to know. Thank you. You have literally saved my life.
Haha, thank you!!
so easy and silly but so helpful! It has been plaguing my photography for literally months
Thank you! How simple to remove the most annoying thing!
Wow thank you! this was driving me mad!
Thanks! It was driving me crazy for a day!
THANK YOU! SO SIMPLE.
Ridiculously simple. I can’t believe I lived with the annoyance for as long as I did.
bloody beaudy. It was driving me crazy…. so easy thank you
Man you have no idea how relieved I am!
I Love You A Little Bit!!
It’s so annoying when you use some keyboard command incorrectly and end up with something changing but you have no idea what you did to initiate it, then can’t find a menu item anywhere to figure it out. Thank you for telling us which key to hit!
Hello, I have the same problem but in my lightroom mobile. Do you have any clue about how to take that away? 🙂
Two finger tap the screen and it should toggle between the displayed info options.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I just googled how to get rid of the file name and I found this post. I had zero clue why it started showing up in the first place. I can’t believe that I just had to hit the letter I twice. Thanks again.
Thank you!! I had this off and my cat who has a tendency to walk on my keyboard turned it on and I couldn’t figure out how she did it! Its been driving me crazy
Thanks for this. It has been annoying me too.
thank you…thank you sooooo much!! that’s been annoying the hell out of me for a month!
I love you!!!
Can you hear my sigh of relief all the way from MN? Thank you so much.
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Thank you! That has been bugging me for a while.
Thank you sooooo mcuh
Happened to me yesterday for the first time. Made me crazy. So glad to see this tip!
Thank you so much!! This has been annoying me for such a long time!!!
Thank you so much!! This has been annoying me for such a long time!!!
Thank you so much. SO easy once you know how. What a relief 🙂
Thank you soooo much I’ve been trying to figure out how do get rid of that for days now!
Whichever way you choose to rid the screen of the annoying overlay data…it works…thank you!
Seriously, my cat took a snooze on my keyboard and hit a bunch of buttons. I had these annoying tags over my pictures. Who knew it was as easy to turn off just by hitting the letter “i”. You saved me today!!! Thanks for posting something so random!
This is a great tip, but it doesn’t seem to work in the Print module.
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Awesome! Thank you~
haha I feel SOOOO DUMB thank you SO MUCH!!!!!! I seriously laughed at that but its awesome thank you,
Thanks, Matt, for sharing this tip. It is such a simple thing, and yet one of those you don’t realize how useful it is until somebody tells you about it!
Lightroom question: When I import my photos it “CHANGES” them. They go from being spot on exposure and color(thanks to using a light meter and White Balancing) to being overexposed by at least a stop. No presets are used, and I have “heard” it may be the “conversion” to a JPEG for viewing purposes. I can’t wrap my head around this idea though, as how are we supposed to use a dummy version of a JPEG that isn’t “true” to color correct, correct exposure, etc in lightroom if it isn’t what it really look like. GRRR… I would love to have an answer to this issue if you have one! Makes me want to go back to shooting in JPEG as I knew I was spot on and I didn’t have to have any “help” from Lightroom.
Jenny Rhea Eisenhauer
Matt: I was wondering, since I have upgraded to LR5 and converted my catalogs to 5, should I go ahead and delete LR4’s old catalog? It seems like it is destined to stay in my drive and never be used again. I mean, is there any reason to keep it that you can think of?
While I sometimes turn the overlay off, I love the ease of access to the information it provides (once you’ve customised them).
How to you get the info overlay not to appear at all. We shouldn’t have to press the i key for each photo.
Ummm, you don’t have to.
Select View > View Options and select Loupe. You can then set every line of each of the two Info displays to ‘none’. Then the I key won’t display anything.
Why do it like that? Makes no sense.