by Julieanne Kost

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April 11, 2011

If you find that you’re using the same keywords over and over again, use the Keyword Set drop down menu (on the Keywording panel) to create a keyword set of your desired keywords.  Note: by default the “Keyword Set” lists “Recent Keywords” – use the drop down menu to edit (create) your own set and select it).

You might be asking, why don’t I just use the Recent Keywords option, right? I mean it would show what I have recently used. However:

1) The keywords that I define and save as a set are always listed in the same order (making them easy to find) and they are always available. Try adding keywords to a set that you don’t use often and therefore wouldn’t appear in the Keyword Suggestions list.

2) With an extended keyboard, Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + 1-9 applies keywords from a set.

3) I often find the Recent Keyword list to be very similar to Lightroom’s auto generated Keyword Suggestions listed above so if I want recent Keywords I will probably be able to find them there.