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Lightroom: Allow for keyboard shortcut customization

Customizable keyboard shortcuts in Lightroom would be great. I just find it so confusing that crop and brush tools and things like that have such odd keyboard shortcuts in Lightroom. I understand that changing that all now would be awful for many existing users, but being able to override them like I can in Photoshop would be helpful. Doesn't anyone else out there find they use to wrong keyboard shortcuts in the wrong program?
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    I think many people would appreciate being able to reassign keyboard shortcuts, including to plugin commands. While it would be better if this were built in to LR, the plugin Keyboard Tamer currently provides that functionality:

    http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange...
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    I can't believe this hasn't been part of Lightroom since the beginning. Having different shortcuts for LR and PS is asinine.

    Keyboard Tamer is a total kludge and the developer is non-responsive to questions even after a nice cash donation to his cause.

    C'mon Adobe, this is much needed!
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    Also adding programable shortcut keys to presets, like actions in Photoshop.
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    With Lightroom having such a huge amount of users by now, wouldn't it be about time to implement configurable keyboard shortcuts and stop burning all non-US/UK keyboard users?

    Br. Jay

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Configurable keyboard shortcuts in Lightroom.
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    Hi
    Is it possible to set up your own shortcuts in Lr?
    (an obvious example being for the purple label, but there are plenty more taske it would b helpful to shortcut if possible?

    Thanks in advance

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Assigning Shortcuts in Lightroom?.
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  • Soon we will be releasing a lightroom plugin that will allow you to set shortcut keys for presets in lightroom. You can get more information @ http://missingelement.net/products-2/
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    Customisable keyboard shortcuts with the ability to add them for the develop slider settings, i.e. white balance, black, exposure etc pleeeeeeeaase
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  • Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts in directly in Lightroom would be excellent! Like a shortcut to jump straight to the Library Text Filter Dialog Box, I use it all day every day.

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts directly in Lightroom.
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    We want to be able to customize everything (sort of like paddy) and not have to rely on expensive third party support that break with updates to lightroom.

    This should be supported in lightroom itself. PLEASE!
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  • Especially importent for those of us working in other languages than English and using a different keyboard
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    Why isn't there a keyboard shortcut for access adjust exposure, recovery, temp, tint etc? This will allow easy mapping of gestures, wacom keys etc to quickly change stuff.

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Direct Keyboard Shortcuts for Develop Adjustment tools.
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    Given the versatility of the new Wacom Intuos 5 Touch Tablet and its radial menu it would be nice as in Photoshop CS5 and CS6 if you were able to add shortcuts to menu items to use with Lightroom 4. I have a lot of additional shortcuts added in Photoshop CS6 that are on my Radial Menu that make it much fast to perform certain tasks. It would be nice if I could have more custom shortcuts to use in Lightroom 4 and beyond. Thanks for your interest in our feedback it what will always be one of the reasons I come back to Adobe Products.

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Lightroom 4 custom shortcuts.
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  • Hello,

    how about a customization option in LR, for changing shortcuts of tools etc.?
    It can't be that hard :).
    It works in Photoshop as well!

    Regards

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    How about defining your own shortcuts in LR.
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    Photoshop has this option. Why not Lightroom?

    I would really like to "Open as Layers in Photoshop" with one keystroke.

    Better yet, I'd love to open a series of stacks as layered psd file.

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    LIGHTROOM: Custom keyboard shortcuts.
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    This is really very basic functionality that is missing in my opinion. Lightroom's biggest weakness is how its interface limits productivity by forcing you to use the mouse for everything when the keyboard is so much faster. Paddy is great but just one guy with limited resources. Please Lightroom Team, do this and do it right so we are able to get the most out of the software we've purchased! Thanks, Matt
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    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Keyboard Shortcuts, give us choices..


    I cannot tell you how many times I have accidently dragged a finger on my keyboard and suddenly, I’m in an alternate universe. Yes I am talking about the myriad keyboard shortcuts in all Adobe products. One misplaced stroke on the keyboard, and your screen may change dramatically as you have inadvertanly pressed an unknown key and have to try to figure out how to get back to wherever you were. I would be amazed if there was even one person in the world that has all the keyboard shortcuts in every module of LR memorized. So here’s my suggestion and I have to believe it would be easily implemented by your brilliant software engineers (I mean that, they really are).

    How about a preferences tab with a page for each module that would allow one to turn off, or turn on the keyboard shortcuts. It could be a simple checkbox for “All On” or “All Off” with “All On” being the default. But it would allow one to check on just the ones needed. That way, a person could start with some basics turned on, and then add more as they become more proficient. You know, the old “baby steps” theory.

    I really hope you take my suggestion to heart and implement it. It would make LR an even more fabulous piece of software.
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  • I’m sad this doesn't exist
    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Custom Keyboard Shortcuts for Lightroom!.


    I want to be able to quickly change my keyboard shortcuts to improve my workflow. Looked for a similar way to change it like Photoshop, only to discover it doesn't exist!

    Can we get this?
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  • And if any of you had seen the Shortcutkeys in Adobe Illustrator... Man even in PS they still have to implement that button for "Jump to the conflict key" that is AWESOME...

    Otherwise as I can see for a couple of years no change even here. Please Adobe go google LR Paddy and check it. Then remember PS and AI and implement that all in LR. ;-)
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  • This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Lightroom custom keyboard shortcuts.


    Photoshop has custom keyboard shortcuts.

    Please add them to Lightroom already! v5 and still not there? Ridonkulous
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  • This is needed because some keyboard shortcuts in Lightroom is created for English keyboards only. Some shortcuts doesn't work at all when you use for example, a Swedish keyboard.

    "Rotate picture" and "Hold to view before/after" is two shortcuts that doesn't work for me and that I really would like to use.
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  • This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Short cut editor for LR.

    As tablets are becoming more and more frequent in photo editing it would be most useful to be able to assign personalized short cuts to LR menu items in the same way as in PS. E.g. Photo>Edit in> (different options for external editing). At the moment there is a shortcut only to open in PS, but e.g. not to open in PS as smart object....
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    Risto wrote, "At the moment there is a shortcut only to open in PS, but e.g. not to open in PS as smart object...."

    I agree that LR would benefit from a general facility for assigning shortcuts. However, on Mac you can assign shortcuts to nearly all of menu commands using OS X's built-in facility for assigning shortcuts. For example, I just assigned F4 to Photo > Edit In > Open as Smart Object in Photoshop:

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    As a windows user that doesn't make me feel much better... :-/

    I did some search and it seems to me that windows does't have the capability to assign keyboard short cuts within other than MS office applications.

    That leaves windows users with some plugins that are either as expensive as LR itself or are not properly supported....?

    To me that confirms that there is a huge need for this capability natively within LR...
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  • Here is an auto-hotkey script which allows Lr-in-Windows users to configure any key to do whatever they want (assuming said function is available via the keyboard) - for free.

    http://www.robcole.com/LrForumSupport...

    It requires editing a script text file, but most of the hard work is already done.
    Here's an example "script-let" which assigns F4 to 'Open as Smart Object in Photoshop':

    /*
    Lightroom
    F4 -> Alt-peo (Open as Smart Object in Photoshop)
    */
    F4::
    lr_win_id := GetLightroomWindowID()
    if (lr_win_id <> 0) {
    Send {Alt down}p{Alt up}eo
    }
    return

    Instructions:
    * Download 'LrAutoHotkey.zip' (from link above) and save file inside zip with the name 'AutoHotkey.ahk' in the root of your documents folder.
    * Append the above "script-let" to the end of the file.
    * Download and install Auto-Hotkey (e.g. from autohotkey.com).
    With Lightroom running, press F4. If all went well, it should open selected photo as smart object in Ps.

    To add more mappings, copy/paste and edit the scriptlet - you'll need 3 pieces of info to get the job done:
    1. The keystroke sequence in Lightroom.
    2. How to specify the key being assigned.
    3. How to specify the keys to send when the key being assigned is pressed.

    The first you can get using the Lightroom UI.
    the second and third require auto-hotkey help doc.

    I realize it's more work than you'd like, but it gets the job done - can also be used for mouse clicks and other things..

    Cheers,
    Rob
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  • Risto wrote, "As a windows user that doesn't make me feel much better... :-/"

    I'm sorry, I incorrectly assumed you were on Mac. On Windows, you can use the standard Windows keyboard accelerators to access all the menu items. So to open a pic as a smart object in photoshop, you'd type ALT-P E O.

    Three keys aren't quite as good as a single key, I agree. But when working on Windows on repetitive tasks, I do like the a ability to access every menu command from the keyboard instantly.
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  • Hi John!

    Finally a ray of hope to windows users :-) I almost started considering changing the platform.

    Using keyboard short cuts especially together with Wacom tablet is of great help, indeed (even though Wacon driver for windows environment seem to have quite a few bugs...) .

    I did some search about programming keyboard shortcuts in windows environment but I didn't find other that some instructions for MS office applications. Where can I find e.g. that ALT-PEO? There certainly are many other short cuts I would like to implement besides that open as smart object.

    Thanks for your help!

    BR
    Risto
    • Lightroom supports keyboard accelerators for most functions on both platforms - no extra charge.

      Just press Alt-p-e-o and you'll see.

      To see all Alt- possibilities, just press Alt.

      To see all alt-photo-menu possibilities, press Alt-p.

      etc.

      Lr help may also list all possibilities - dunno.

      PS - most possibilities are evidenced by an underlined character but some are active even without the underlined character, in which case the active character is the first one, e.g. on Scripts menu (which is only visible if scripts are present).
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  • Hi Rob

    Thanks to your answer as well (see above).

    I'm using a wacom tablet, so probably I would rather assing the valid keystroke strings to various short cut triggers in the tablet which is quite easy to do

    The main problem for me is to know what are those strings (your point 3), where could I find the relevant documentation? I did some google search previously but didn't find anything useful.

    (E.g. concerning this particular string - do I need to hold ALT pressed when typing all 3 characters, or just when typing P...from the script it seems that the latter is the case. How about any other command strings?)

    Thanks for your help!

    BR
    Risto
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    • Risto, I understand your frustration. However, I don't think Adobe needs to document the standard Windows keyboard-accelerator shortcuts -- that is a standard feature of the Windows operating system, and no mainstream program I'm aware of documents them.

      There are 4 Photo > Edit In commands that don't have underlines: Open As Smart Object, Open As Layers, Merge To Panorama, Merge To HDR. This is because by default, the shortcut letter is the first letter of the command, and there are two commands starting with "O" and two with "M". But as Rob Cole explained above, you can still select those commands by typing "O" or "M" one or two times and then hitting Enter. That is standard Windows behavior.

      Adobe could improve the keyboard accelerators for the Edit In menu by explicitly assigning letters to these four commands. E.g. it could assign "S" to Open As Smart Object. This would cause the "S" to be underlined, and it would save you one or two extra keystrokes. I've submitted that request as a separate topic:

      http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...
    • Risto wrote: "I guess this also leaves me without a solution for shortcuts for commands that are opening photos in external programs other than photoshop..."

      You can use the standard Windows accelerator keystrokes to invoke those commands. For example, if you have an external editor preset named "Gimp", you could invoke it by typing ALT-P E G (since G is the first letter of the submenu command "Gimp").
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  • Dear all

    Many thanks to you all who have helped in finding a solution this problem and that's really the only/main thing that matters to me.

    However ( :-) ), even though I'm not saying that Adobe needs to document windows behaviour I think Adobe needs to make sure that their customers are happy and won't change from Lightroom e.g. to DXo (where to my understanding short cuts work better). I don't think they should expect Microsoft to document that in Lightroom the short cut to "Open as Photoshop layers is "ALT+PEOO" and for some reason the corresponging accelerator key is not underlined even though it is underlined in command "Open in Photoshop".

    When I look back to this and many other related discussions that I found in web I can observe the following
    - numerous requests about LR short cuts
    - many answers like:
    * "in Mac you can assign short cuts to any menu items but not in Windows"
    * "there is one third party SW that can do the trick, but it costs about the same amount of money as LR itself"
    * "there is one open source sw that can be used but there is no good support to it"
    * "there is a script that you can use/create to assing a keyboard short cut to "open as a smart object"

    Why all those work around solutions when the real answer to the problem is that YES there are short cuts to those commands and YES they can easily be assigned e.g. to Wacom tablets (but they only need to be documented somewhere).

    Don't get we wrong, I'm really honestly happy that I got your support and I found the solution (I just need to use trial & error method to find the correct key strokes to my external editors, I think there are matching first letters among them...). This will make my workflow with LR, Photoshop etc SW MUCH smoother when using those short cuts with my Wacom tablet. Probably it's the fact that I have been responsible for customer support in one fairly big interational company and I think that suppliers need to feel their responsbility for keeping threir customers happy.

    Once again: thank you! (I might still have a look in DXo as I was told that they have some algorithms that work better for micro contrast than "clarity" in LR/ACR)

    :-)
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  • This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Keyboard shortcuts in Lightroom.

    One useful feature in Photoshop that is not available in Lightroom that would be helpful is the ability to modify and / or define keyboard shortcuts.
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