Lightroom Classic: Anyway to open multiple windows?

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It would be so convenient to be able to have multiple LR Classic windows open at the same time. For example, I'm working on a folder of images I shot last year, but I need to briefly work on some current shots. So I have to leave the first folder and to attend to the new work, but it's an effort to then navigate back to previous group, fine the specific shots, etc. If each group were open at the same time in their own windows (like you can do with Bridge) it would be so much more convenient.
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Scott Weaver

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Just Shot Me

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No there isn't and if the program stays the way it has been for the last 12 years there won't be.
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Scott Weaver

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No don't be a Debbie Downer (!) Ha ha!
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Carlos Cardona

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I use the folder color labels to mark “in progress” folders with Green, then 1 star to mark the next shot to be edited. When you want to change just hit G to go to the Grid, click on the folder that you need next (Green), then hit Attribute at the top and search for 1 star, click on the next shot for editing, and hit Attribute again to close the search, BAM! That’s 4 clicks to get to any other folder. PS-the search parameters stay the same, even if you quit the app, so set it once and use continually.
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Scott Weaver

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I like Bridge's option of opening new windows. I use it all the time and it's a huge time saver.
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Scott Weaver

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Another issue I run into is when I create a collection. It is very slow and ungainly to switch between working on a set of images in the develop module and then moving to a collection. Every time I create a collection I'm dreading this aspect of the interface. Actually I've always thought the concept of the separate modules in LR was not the best approach, but I suppose we're stuck with forever.
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Its easy to create collections so you should explain why you find it so dreadful and maybe someone can offer suggestions. It’s also easy to switch between a couple collections in one Develop module if you would just adjust your workflow to use the organization tools Lr already provides.
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Scott Weaver

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If there are better ways of working within LR Classic I'd sure welcome advice. When I'm in develop module working within a folder of images but then want to go to a collection, I will have to scroll on the left side panel and tap on Collections to open that, then scroll down to find the specific collection. When I then want to go back to editing the previous folder in Develop I have to leave Collections, tap on Folders and scroll thru to find the folder again. Very time consuming. If there is a faster way I'd love to know. In Bridge you can have multiple windows  and you can get to any one of them immediately with no more than two mouse clicks. That's what I'd love to see with LR Classic.
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Philippe Coudé du Foresto

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If you click on the title/filter bar just over the filmstrip, you'll get a list of the recent locations on which you can click to go to a previous location. Very handy an quick to switch between locations.
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Scott Weaver

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Do we have to do it in French? (Just a joke!) Thanks for letting me know! I did not know of this feature.
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David Converse

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I use Lightroom with a second monitor and its much better than just one window, although there are stupid UI issues (both bugs and poor design choices) that make it more painful.
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john beardsworth

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Use the keyboard shortcuts  Alt/Cmd (Ctrl on PC) with the left and right arrows. This fixes navigating back.

Commonly-used folders can be added to your Favorites, which can be accessed from the filmstrip - they are listed in Sources Favorites in Philippe's screenshot.