The Best Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts | Quick Reference

SLR Lounge Staff
Apr 10, 2020 · 6 min read

Lightroom can be an extremely powerful workflow tool for color-correction and so much more. You can use it to organize your photos, not just to keep track of where they are on your computer, but sort the keepers from the rejects, rate them, and many other things!

However, a whole lot of Lightroom’s speed comes from the use of hotkeys, or keyboard shortcuts. In fact, without keyboard shortcuts, you’re really missing out!

Fortunately, with just a few key (no pun intended?) shortcuts that are relatively easy to remember, you can be flying through your workflow in no time. In this article, we’ll list all of the most important keyboard shortcuts that you need to know to get started, organized as you would use them during your start-to-finish workflow.

Lightroom Module Hotkeys/Shortcuts

Some of the most common lightroom hotkeys are going to be the simplest, the ones that help you switch between the different Lightroom Modules.

So that you don’t feel overwhelmed, we’ve used BOLD for the only three that we use very often! Start by memorizing these, and then just remember that if you need to know more, you can always go into the Library Module and see the hotkeys by hitting the “View” main menu tab.

Also, remember that the main window menu (the top level) has drop-down menus that have all available hotkeys listed for you! You can always refer to this as a last resort to see if a function or tool you use often has its own hotkey…

Lightroom shortcuts are also usually listed next to their menu item!

Lightroom Information Hotkeys

In both the Library Module and the Develop Module, there are a few hotkeys that show, cycle through and hide various additional information that you might want to see, such as the filters panel, and EXIF information for individual images:

Lightroom Library View Options (CTRL/CMD+J)

[Related Reading: The Quickest Way to Cull Images in Lightroom | Quick Reference]

Lightroom Viewing Hotkeys/Shortcuts

Before we begin our workflow of sorting and editing our images, there are a few more useful hotkeys/shortcuts that can help you display your images exactly the way you want:

Lightroom Flag Shortcuts

To rapidly cull (sort) your images in Lightroom, you can use any of the different methods of flagging your images. These Lightroom hotkeys/shortcuts work in both the Library Module and the Developt Module, by the way.

Lightroom Flags, Ratings, and Color Labels

There are three different categories of Lightroom flags: Keeper/Reject flags, star ratings, and color labels:

Lightroom Flags: Keepers, Unflagged, Rejects

Lightroom Flags: Star Ratings

Lightroom Color Labels

Caps Lock = When you’re sorting through your images, be aware that if you have the Caps Lock key active, Lightroom will auto-advance to the next image every time you apply any of these three categories of flags/labels! If you don’t want this, just hit the Caps Lock key again to disable the option.

Lightroom Develop Module Keyboard Shortcuts

In the Develop Module of Lightroom, there are innumerable keyboard shortcuts, in fact, there is a hotkey for virtually every single tool and option in the entire module!.

Don’t feel overwhelmed, though; there are only a few that we use regularly in our everyday workflow. Start with trying these:

[Related Reading: How to Speed Up Lightroom | Quick Reference]

Lightroom Edit & Export Keyboard Shortcuts

Lightroom Export Shortcut

Once you’re done editing your photos in the Develop Module, you might want to export them, or take them into Photoshop for more advanced retouching/editing.

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Originally published at https://www.slrlounge.com on April 10, 2020.

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SLR Lounge is a free online resource created by photographers for photographers featuring tutorials on Lightroom, Photoshop, Shooting, Lighting and much more.

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SLR Lounge is a free online resource created by photographers for photographers featuring tutorials on Lightroom, Photoshop, Shooting, Lighting and much more.

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