Lightroom Classic: A Quick Crop tool in the Lightroom Library

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The "Quick Develop" tab in the Lightroom "Library" module has a lot of useful tools to quickly edit some basics when selecting photos from a shooting. The only tool I really miss there is a CROP tool, I always have to switch to the Develop module now to do a quick crop and switch back to the Library to continue my selection.

So for the developers it's a small thing to add, since the code is already there. Just copy it to the Library module and add a button. Hope I'm not the only one who misses it over there?
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Use the File Strip at the bottom of the screen in the Develop module.
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The Quick Develop panel is mainly meant for two things:

A: quickly adjust a bunch of images, and
B: make relative adjustments rather than the absolute adjustments that you make in the develop module.

The crop tool cannot be used for either and so it would be out of place there. And why have the crop tool in there and not the spot removal tool, for example? Learn the keyboard shortcuts by heart, and you'll find that there is hardly a difference: Press 'R' to switch to crop, and when you are ready press 'E' to go back to Loupe View or 'G' to go back to the grid. That's almost as fast as having the crop tool in the Quick Develop panel.
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From Grid View or Loupe View-
[R] will open the Crop Tool,
[E] will return you to the Loupe View, or [G] would return you to Grid View.

So two key presses are all that is needed! Could it be any easier?
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Thanks for your replies, I know and use the shortcuts for a long time, it is more a speed/performance issue. The Library module works/navigates very fast while the Develop module doesn't. I have a Intel i7 CPU with 32Gb RAM and a 6Gb nvidea GPU. It's only the Lightroom developer module that runs slow on my computer. Cropping for me is really a basic adjustment associated with making quick selections, something I like to do in the Library module. With the continuous module switching I loose 5s a photo a sometimes also my patience.

But it seems I'm the only one who has that problem, so never mind, I posted this question to probe this.


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I must admit Johan & Robert, I used the R shortcut and I knew the F&G shortcuts existed, but I never used them in a "routine" way like you proposed to do.
After getting used to this it makes the process faster. So thank you guys a lot for making me aware of this.

Still I think it would be a little faster if this function was integrated in the Library core, but for now, I can get away with the shortcuts.
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And exactly how would having any native Crop feature in the Library module be faster than pressing the R key, Do the Crop, then pressing either the E (Single image filling the screen) or G (Grid View shown) keys?
You would still need to Call up the Crop feature with either a keyboard shortcut or move the mouse to whatever Crop Tool icon was there. Then do the crop and then OK that crop, Double clicking on the image or clicking a done button or pressing a key on the keyboard.
I don't see how that would be any faster them the method already described. In fact IMHO it would be slower. Because with the method mentioned to accept the crop all you have to do is press E or G and the crop is accepted and you are back in the Library module.
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Agreed. It may seem faster to have a crop tool in the QD panel, but most likely it wouldn't be. Same for sport removal. Are you in Loupe View and do you see a sensor spot? Press Q, click on the spot, press E. 
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I agree to all you say in a "workflow view".

But there is really a 1.5s lag when I have to switch Lightroom modules, at least when I use my professional pc, it has 2 3k 10bit displays, maybe that's why it's heavy to load.. Also switching between photos in the Develop module or switching from Library to Develop module has a lag. Photoshop or Bridge work very fast, even with 2GB files or bigger. Don't know why Lightroom is slow. For the functionality I love the app.
But maybe I should raise that lag problem in another thread.

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You really don't seem to get what we are saying. You are not manually switching modules.
If you are in the Library module and you hit the R key (yes the Develop module come up) you go Directly to the Crop Tool. Do your Crop, No need to hit the Done button or double click on the image, and then hit the G or E keys and BAM you are back in the Library module
With the crop as you set it.
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The point is that you cannot compare the speed if hitting R, making a crop and then hitting E with the speed of an imaginary Quick Develop Crop Tool, because the latter doesn’t exist. You can make a guess, however. The Quick Develop Crop Tool would need to be activated, by hitting a shortcut key or clicking some button. Next you would make the crop, and then you would need to click some ‘Apply’ button or hit another key (probably the Enter key). That is exactly the same number of clicks/keys. Could this be faster because you do not switch between modules? Perhaps. Would it be so much faster that it would be worth the required developer time? Time that cannot be spent on some other new feature or improvement? No, definitely not.