by Julieanne Kost

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November 22, 2011

Here are several shortcuts to make working with Quick Collections more efficient.

By default, tapping the “B” key adds the selected image(s) to the Quick Collection. Tap “B” again to remove the image(s).

• Command + B (Mac) | Control + B (Win) will  display the contents of a Quick Collection. Tapping it again returns you to your previous location (folder, collection etc.). This is a really useful shortcut that I just learned from the team.

• Command + Shift + B (Mac) | Control  + Shift + B (Win)  will delete the contents (clear) of a Quick Collection.

• Command + Option + B (Mac) | Control + Alt + B (Win)  will convert (or save) a Quick Collection to a regular Collection.

You can change what collection is the Target collection by Control -clicking (Mac) | Right Mouse clicking (Win) on any regular collection (not smart collection nor collection set), and choosing Set as Target collection.


  • By Derek Marshall - 6:48 PM on November 22, 2011  

    Adding to an existing slideshow collection in LR3, is there a shortcut way to move the slide to a preferred point in the grid or strip

    • By Julieanne Kost - 4:46 AM on November 23, 2011  

      I don’t know of one. You have to drag the thumbnail of the image to reposition it.

  • By LisaP - 1:06 PM on December 2, 2012  

    Can you create a quick collection from multiple folders? For instance, I have folders from different jobs and I want to make a quick collection of the best shots from each.

    • By Julieanne Kost - 1:37 PM on December 5, 2012  

      Yes, in the Smart Collection dialog, add the “Folder” option, then choose “Contains” and type in the names of the folders that you want to include (separate the folders by a comma).