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Workflow Tip: Save Time By Setting Up Favorites

Happy Monday everybody! Here’s a quick little tip that can really speed up your workflow when you’ve got a lot of collections or folders.


Above: This first part is a mini-tip unto itself because not everybody knows that if you click on any of the text just to the right of the gray arrows at the top left of the Filmstrip, a pop-up menu will appear, and under Recent Sources a list of your most recently visited Collections and/or Folders will appear in a pop-up menu. Want to get back to one of those quickly? Just choose it from the list. Pretty handy, but that’s not the tip.

If you look just above the Recent Sources in that pop-up menu you’ll see Favorite Sources and I think this one is much more useful, because this is where you can put collections or folders that you find yourself working in on a regular basis (maybe it’s a Smart Collection, or a folder of your finals, etc.). Now, you can add those to the list and they’ll be there every time (whether you’ve used them recently or not).


Above: To add your currently selected Collection or Folder to your Favorite Sources list: just click that text at the top left of the Filmstrip to bring up that same pop-up menu, and choose “Add to Favorites” at the bottom of the pop-up menu (as shown here).


Above: Now that Collection (in this case, a saved book collection) will appear from now on under Favorite Sources (as seen here).

How’s that for a quick little Monday get-yer-week-goin’ tip? 🙂

Hope you have a great week!




  1. Ed Bacon 9 November, 2015 at 15:01 Reply

    This has nothing to do with the above post, please pardon the interuption.

    As it takes a couple of hours to backup and optimize my Lightroom catalog, I would like to schedule a script to do this during off-hours, that is I want to backup in my sleep. Is there a way to invoke Lightroom from a command line, specify the catalog, request a backup/optimize of that catalog and then quit? Up to now, I have not been able to discover any command line options for Lightroom, so I am guessing this would be a new feature request.

  2. david 9 November, 2015 at 14:56 Reply

    That is what makes Lightroom killer tips the best…. things you have never heard of or have just forgotten……thanks

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