Lightroom: Editable Develop History Steps; Panel Headers; Default Metadata Presets

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1) Is there a way to remove an early Develop history step from the stack or to change that step’s settings without having to cancel out all subsequent steps? If not, please consider this a feature request from a rookie.

2) I wish the Panel headers (the bars with the triangles) would indicate if one or more item within them is checked or is set as other than default. This way we could keep seldom used Panels closed to save space but know at a glance if there’s anything inside them we might not want set for THIS, e.g. Printing.

3) If this feature exists, forgive me wasting the brain bandwidth... I wish I could set a Metadata Preset as DEFAULT so it's always loaded in the Import & Library Modules.

Thanks for listening.

Phil Wells
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1) I hate that this is called "history" because it gets confused with the history palette in PS. Canceling out one step might have unknown results in LR - it may affect other steps or it may do nothing since steps in LR are sometimes absolute and sometimes not. Thus, I don't think this is a useful thing to do. If one step way back was to set saturation to 20 and a later step set it to 40, would canceling the older step do nothing (you set it to 40 later) or adjust the later step as though you intended it as a 20 unit increment instead of just setting it to 40? There's no real way to know, and the answer might well be different if I ask about other tools.
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Well, I can see the results right? And I can be responsible for my actions. I agree that the results might even be unusable but if all I want to do is undo a couple steps instead of making the history even longer, I can adjust for the results I might get.

Still, I am starting to think that's not something to go to the top of the Want List since I can probably undo a step where I brightened something by unbrightening it the same amount. And I didn't know until I tried it just now that I can undo a crop even after hitting ENTER by going back to the Crop Overlay tool. So maybe it's not a terribly important suggestion.

Thanks for the comment
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"Still, I am starting to think that's not something to go to the top of the Want List since I can probably undo a step where I brightened something by unbrightening it the same amount. And I didn't know until I tried it just now that I can undo a crop even after hitting ENTER by going back to the Crop Overlay tool. So maybe it's not a terribly important suggestion. "

Right - LR is completely non-destructive. You can always counter anything you've done to your image with no harm done.
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2) I'd vote for it, if it were a separate 'Idea'.
3) Already exists.
1) There was another 'Idea' that you might like too - for consolidating history steps...
Try searching this forum for 'Edit History'.