LR3 – Selecting Multiple Images in Grid View

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Lightroom’s Grid view shares many of the same keyboard shortcuts as other programs do for making selections including:

•  Command (Mac) / Control (Win) -click (on the image’s thumbnail) to select multiple, discontiguous images in grid view.

•  Shift -click to select a range of contiguous images.

•  Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + A to Select All

•  Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + D to Deselect All

In addition, when multiple images are selected in Lightroom, one of the images will be “more” selected than the others (and the grey frame around the “more” selected image will appear brighter/lighter than the others.) Lightroom has some additional shortcuts which make it easier to select/deselect multiple images:

•  “/” (forward slash) deselects the active photo. If multiple photos are selected, the “most selected” image will be deselected.

•  If multiple images are selected, clicking in the gray frame/border area around one of the selected images will deselect all images except the one clicked upon.

•  Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + D selects all photos except the “most selected.

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Posted on 01-25-2011


  • By Paul - 2:07 PM on May 2, 2013  

    I am having trouble learning LIghtroom,and find the multiple photo selection process particularly cumbersome. In early versions of Photoshop Elements, it was possible to select a range of photos simply by shading over a group of photos, and they would be automatically selected. If there is a way to do that in LIghtroom, I’ve not figured it out.

    IN addition, the batch processing features I think are way oversold. I had an easier time processing photos in Photshop Elements 5 (the version I was using before acquiring Lightroom and PSE 10) than in Lightroom.