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Essential Adobe Lightroom keyboard shortcuts to work faster

Keyboard shortcuts for Lightroom can save you so much time! Here are the Lightroom shortcuts you have to know to double or even triple your workspeed.

Lightroom shortcut Before and After

To see the previews of your altered images, you can choose between a simple before and after mode by pressing the \ key. Y will give you the left / right preview and alt Y for PC or opt Y for Macs will give you the top / bottom preview. Shift + Y will split your screen.

Lightroom shortcut for overlay

Whether you want to show overlay when merging your photo to HDR or show overlay with adjustments, filters, etc., O will do it for you. Shift O will hide or cycle overlays.

Lightroom shortcut for zoom

Zooming in or out can be done by hitting Crtl + or Ctrl on PCs, and Command + or Command – on Macs.

Lightroom shortcut for exposure

To match exposures, use the shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Alt + M on PCs and Command + Option + Shift + M on Macs.

Lightroom shortcut for full screen

The shortcut Ctrl +Shift + F on PCs or Command + Shift + F will let you switch to full screen mode and hide all panels. Use the shortcut again to get back to see all panels again.

Shortcuts for various Lightroom modules
  • To go to the Library module, hit Ctrl + Alt + 1 on PCs and Command + Option + 1 on Macs.
  • To go to the Develop module, hit Ctrl + Alt + 2 on PCs and Command + Option + 2 on Macs.
  • To go to the Map module, hit Ctrl + Alt + 3 on PCs and Command + Option + 3 on Macs.
  • To go to the Book module, hit Ctrl + Alt + 4 on PCs and Command + Option + 4 on Macs.
  • To go to the Slideshow module, hit Ctrl + Alt + 5 on PCs and Command + Option + 5 on Macs.
  • To go to the Print module, hit Ctrl + Alt + 6 on PCs and Command + Option + 6 on Macs.
  • To go to the the previous module, hit Ctrl + Alt + Up Arrow on PCs and Command + Option + Up Arrow on Macs.
Lightroom shortcut for copy & paste settings

Let’s say you’ve taken several photos of the same subject in the same light and (almost) from the same angle and you’ve adjusted your exposure, vibrance and saturation for this photo. Rather than adjusting these settings manually for the next similar 5, 10, 20 or so photos, you can adjust the settings on all photos.

Just select the photo you have edited and hit Ctrl + Shift + C for PCs or Command + Shift + C for Macs. A window will pop up for you to select which adjustments you want to copy. Hit copy and then select the photo(s) that you want to apply these adjustments to and use Ctrl + Shift + V on PCs and Command + Shift + V on Macs. If you want to reset any adjustments, simply hit Ctrl + Shift + R on PCs and Command + Shift + R on Macs.

Lightroom shortcuts for organizing photos

Because we can easily shoot thousands of photos, organizing them is important as well as deleting the bad ones to free up space. To organize your photos, go to the library module. Compare two photos with C, zoom in your photos with Z, add a flag to your photo with P, and unflag a photo with U. To select all flagged photos, hit Ctrl + Alt + A on PCs and Command + Option + A on Macs.

Hit X to reject a photo and Ctrl + Backspace on PCs and Command + Delete on Macs to delete all the rejected photos.

To add keywords to your photos, use the shortcut Ctrl + K on PCs and Command + K on Macs. Number keys 1 through 5 will give your photo a 1 – 5 star rating. The number key 6 will assign the color red to your photo, 7 will assign the color yellow, 8 green and 9 blue.