Useful Lightroom shortcuts

Road in Masuria
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Note: As my list of Photoshop keyboard shortcuts seems to be quite popular I would like to share a list of my favourite Lightroom keyboard shortcuts today. BTW there is also a list of Photomatix Pro shortcuts available here.

Modules and view

These shortcuts are used to navigate between different modules and also to choose different ways to preview your photos:

  • G – go to Grid view in Library – useful for viewing a lot of photos at once. I often use this view to group photos, stack them, find bracketed sets or panoramas
  • E – go to Loupe in Library (view preview of a photo). Mode that is useful to preview your photos
  • D – Develop selected photo
  • C – compare 2 images
  • N – survey images – lets you see a number of images at once and pick your favourite one. Useful if you have a number of similar images and want to choose the best one (eg. in terms of focus or composition).
  • L – toggle “light” mode. Useful for previewing image on completely dark background
  • F – shows currently selected photo in full-screen mode. Click again to leave full-screen mode

Rating and labels

  • 0 – set rating to 0
  • 1 to 5 – set rating to a given number of stars
  • 6 – set Red color label
  • 7 – set Yellow color label
  • 8 – set Green color label
  • 9 – set Blue color label
  • CTRL + UP ARROW – increase Flag rating (usually to mark as Picked)
  • CTRL + DOWN ARROW – decrease Flag rating (ustually to mark as Rejected)


  • R – crop tool 
  • Q – spot removal tool
  • M – graduated filter tool
  • CTRL + M – radial filter tool
  • K – adjustment brush tool


  • CTRL + BACKSPACE – delete rejected photos from current folder
  • CTRL + G – stack selected photos
  • CTRL + ‘ – create virtual copy of a phot
  • Z – zoom in/out
  • SHIFT + TAB – toggle visibility of all panels
  • ALT – ALT key is somewhat special in Lightroom. Click and hold it in Develop module and a lot of buttons will work differently (eg. they will allow you to reset or preview various things)

2017-01-17T19:42:52+00:00 August 31st, 2013|Posted in: landscape, lightroom, Masuria, tutorial|