Lightroom Classic: Have more options to add keywords when importing images

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I know I can easily add metadata via presets when I import images, such as mycontact information, copyright, etc. However, I would also like to be able toeasily add keywords upon import, other than manually typing them in each time. AndI know as I start typing it tries to auto fill which is good, but...

If there was either A) a way to access my keyword sets when importing,so I could easily click on ones to specify keywords, or B) be able to make multiple,separate keywording presets I could select upon import.

This would speed up my importing workflow, as I usually usethe same 3-4 keywords 99% of the time, and maybe 20 different other ones 90% ofthe time.
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Robert Ripps

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Jim Robertson

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Might be that I am not understanding your idea Robert, but you can add keywords on IMPORT.
Right side "Apply during import" See screen grab
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Robert Somrak, Champion

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You can actually add two sets of keywords used the Apply During Import panel.  The "Metadata" preset can have a predefined set of keywords and you can also add the those keywords with the "keywords" box.  What more could you want.  This gives a Lot of flexibility.
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Robert Ripps

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Correct. But I have to type them all out, or start typing, then select correct auto fill, which takes time & added effort each time. I wish adding them on import was as easy as adding them after, from keyword sets.
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There is a third option that many if not most Lightroom Classic users do not know exists. When you have entered keywords in this field, and have set up other things like the destination folder, you can save these settings as an 'import preset' at the bottom center of the import dialog. Next time you import a set of similar photos (for example: you are on a multi-day trip to Madrid, so each day your imported images will need to get the same 'Europe', 'Spain' and 'Madrid' keywords), all you have to do is select the 'Madrid' import preset at the bottom of the dialog and hit the import button.
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You are absolutely correct, Johan, I did not realize that functionality was down there- I knew about develop and metadata presets, but somehow missed this one. So does saving a new preset only save what is in the Apply During Import dialog box, or all settings and information in the import sidebar? Can’t seem to find an exact list of what is included online.

Thanks.

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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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It saves all settings, so also the destination folder, choice of previews, adding to a collection, etc.
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Robert Ripps

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That's great- will set it up next import. Thanks again Johan.