Lightroom: Add a photo to a Collection

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There's no Add to Collection option when browsing photos in Library module (Add to Quick Collection is available and it's nice to have but not enough for permanent organising).

Currently you have to drag and drop a photo to a Collection.

Since Collections can be synced to Lightroom Mobile and Web I'm using Collections more and more and I need a way to quickly add a photo to a Collection – contextual menu would be a good place as it could keep a dozen recently used and favorite Collections available all the time.

There actually is a Go to Collection option in second mouse click on a thumbnail that shows which Collections the photo is currently part of. Add to Collection would go well with that.
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Rikk Flohr, Official Rep

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Not necessarily what you are asking for but this may help: Any collection can be made into the Target Collection for quick adding via the [ B ] key. Right-click on any collection and choose Set as Target Collection.
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Thank you Rikk, not quite a substitute for choosing from a wider range of Collections after the fact (when browsing photos and deciding to put a photo to a Collection) but useful anyway.
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Denniz Zolnoun

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Thank you Rikk.  I am a new lightroom user and made a mistake of making a collection and putting all the photos in a collection to be sorted out. Now I have a situation where I need to organize the photos from the collection I have called "iphone dump" and move them to a new static collection based on individual person's name  What is the best work flow .. I have 100's of photos to organize.  Thank you
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To be fair, lets not forget we also have the "spray-can"-option to assign each sprayed-on thumb to join the collection that, beforehand, has been designated as "target". Very useful, but Your idea opens additional new handy options.
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Thanks Niala, that's handy when you've chosen beforehand you want to add photos to Collection. Would be great to be able to add photos to a Collection without any preparing.