Lightroom Classic: Copy/Paste Develop Settings Doesn't Work

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Decided to come back to Lightroom and download the trial after a while of not using.

I recall in previous versions, that one was able to "paste develop settings" between images. For some reason, the option appears in the menu/right-click menu, however it is grayed out... I can't seem to get it to work for the life of me! I even reinstalled. For the first time using this software in so long, this isn't a great sign. I wanted to try software outside of Phase One, but now I'm most likely going to go back as it seems to work, despite how easy it is to switch between the various cloud applications, which I do like.

Perhaps I've simply done something wrong. Any help would be appreciated.

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"Paste from previous" doesn't work either.
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Please do the menu command Help > System Info and copy/paste the first ten lines or so here. That will let us know which version you're running and whether you're tripped over an update bug.
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Oh it started to work! I logged into a different account (A new one I created rather than my old adobe account) and it began to work!
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Perhaps the trial had an issue because I am an old customer? Something to watch out for in the future! I hope this doesn't happen with a full purchased license
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But thank you for coming to help John! Have a good evening!
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You may have tripped over an upgrade bug, where Lr updated a version 6 (or earlier) perpetual license installation with a trial of LR Classic CC (subscription-based).  This isn't supposed to happen, but when it does, the upgraded LR behaves strangely with many features seemingly disabled.  By logging in, you then converted it from a (buggy) perpetual license to the correct free trial of the subscription license. But just a guess.
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Paste Settings is normally grayed out when you don't have anything in the clipboard to paste.  I hate to ask the simple question, but did you copy settings from another image first?  The process would normally be to choose "Copy Settings" on one image and then "Paste Settings" on another.
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Related issue #1: paste setting doesn't work if user didn't create previews manually, because nobody does this, it just doesn't work completely! The issue was reported 2-3 years ago and still (!!!) has not been fixed. The quality of Adobe support is just below zero. The worst ever.

Related issue #2: https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/paste-settings-doesnt-work-after-removing-a-f...
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mine works, BUT, since I have the loupe deck.. (don't know if that's the reason) The settings won't be pasted from the first time.. So I have to go back to a picture, copy the settings again, and then pasting the settings again on the image I want it to be.. very frustrating and time consuming. 
Anybody has the key to this problem?
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I can only copy edits to the first image. I downloaded the LR from the photographer plan subscriptions menu yesterday.  I am following the in application instructions to copy and paste. Control c to copy image, select images to copy to, paste (from edit menu). only the first image in the series in changed. HELP! 
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Which version did you download, "Lightroom" or "Lightroom Classic"?

I believe the Ctrl+C copy method only works in Lightroom, so you're either looking at the wrong documentation or have posted this question in the wrong spot.

If you are using Lightroom Classic, this quick video shows you the options for copying develop settings and applying them to one or many images - 

Lightroom Coffee Break: Four Ways to Copy Develop Settings from One Photo to Another
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Command/Ctrl-C and Command/Ctrl-V for Copy and Paste develop settings works in Lightroom Classic,  at least on my Mac.
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It should be noted that the HELP for shortcuts in Develop shows this for the Mac



but you do NOT need to use the SHIFT key.  Plain old Cmd+C and Cmd+V work fine.
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Not on the PC...or at least not for me.
 - Ctrl+C / Ctrl+V does nothing.
 - Ctrl+Shift+C / Ctrl+Shift+V works as expected.
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Thanks for the info Tom.  Its another of the several Mac/Pc differences in Lightroom.  The Mac HELP lists the shortcut using SHIFT but it is not needed as Cmd-C definitely works.
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In Develop mode only the "most selected" image is affected by edits unless you turn ON Auto-Sync.   Be VERY, VERY careful when you use Auto-Sync because if you forget to turn it OFF it will create all kind of problems for you with unwanted edits that are difficult to get rid of.  
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To build on Robert's reply, two safer alternatives to Auto Sync are:

- Right-click the selected thumbnails and do Develop Settings > Paste Settings. (Yes, that applies to all selected photos.)

- Click the Sync button.