Lightroom CC: Command to for "Delete Rejected Images"

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How to do it? Looked absolutely everywhere and can't find the option, Control+Backspace does not work
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Ross D

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  • Confused and a tad annoyed that i have wasted so much time looking for this.

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Travis Collins

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Hi Ross. Took me a while to figure it out as well. You have to click on the "filter icon" at the top next to the search bar. Then you can filter by rejected photos and delete them all. Hope that helps!
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Ross D

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Feel like such an idiot... I saw the filter and used it! But I never thought of shift and selecting multiples and then deleting! Guess I am just used to the LR Classic. Thanks!
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Me too!
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Chris Johnson

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Wish there was a menu option for this like in Lightroom Classic
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Linda Williams

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This makes no sense at all to me.   are there any screenshots to help?
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Hi Linda,

Try this:

1. rate images as "rejected" by clicking "x" key 
2. click the Filter icon  to the right of the search window 

3. Sort images by "rejected" status by clicking the rejected flag icon

4. Select all images and delete them

Does that help?
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Saša Pukšič

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Come on, Adobe team, we are all so used to CTRL + BACKSPACE workflow, this should be part of Lightroom CC too.
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James Hess

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Lightroom CC is not an upgrade or an offshoot of Classic. It was designed from the ground up as a new approach. It was also designed to be consistent across all devices. Don't know if that has anything to do with how things work in this case. But you have voiced your opinion in the appropriate forum. Whether it will accomplish what you want remains to be seen.
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So much for being designed to be consistent.. We're on version 2 and it's anything but consistent.
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Ty Xanders

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I decided to test this with a few different batches of around 1000 photos and heres what i got.

From MAC commands PC wil have to translate
  • From either the Album or All Photos
  • Select the Filter icon next to the search bar
  • From the filter dropdown select the Rejected icon (you should have been filtering your photos using [X] on your keyboard to flag as rejected)
  • next ensure your view bottom left of your window is set to Photo Grid [G] or Square Grid [G]  (it won't work in Detail [D] mode)
  • CMD+A to select all or Select first image and Shift+click last image to select all
  • Press  ALT+BackSpace and you should get a prompt window with read writing

Permenantly Delete Photos?

with the option to delete highlighted in blue with the number of photos you want to delete next to it.

If there's no number next to it, you're only deleting one photo ( likely the first selected) and this is why it Doesn't work in detail [D] view

Hope that helps!

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Debbie Slizoski

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You are a total lifesaver!!! The one thing EVERYONE else failed to mention was that the photos have to be selected in grid, not detail. I've been losing my mind!! Thanks a million!
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Kirsten Browne

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But for goodness sake why can't we select (or delete) multiples in Detail mode? Makes no sense and totally stifled me :(