I'm using Lightroom CC on a MacBook Pro. Does it hurt anything to close the lid, restart or shut down while LR is still running?

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Joel Weisbrod

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Imagine a catalog with 5000 photos, all of which were edited, cropped, etc. Now your catalog LRCAT file somehow gets corrupt and you cannot recover it. ALL, all, all your edits are gone - forever! So, when you exit from Lightroom before closing the computer, the operating system closes the LRCAT file which is a lot safer. Second, change the catalog preferences to ask you to make a backup "Every Time Lightroom Exits" and be diligent about making backups to a different hard drive or the cloud (You can change this the first time on the dialog when you are actually making a backup and then LR will remember it). Any time you edit photos, make the backup. If you do not make any changes, simply click the "Skip this time" button. This is not optional as far as I am concerned - it is required to be safe!
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No offense, but the only relevant info on your reply was "when you exit from Lightroom before closing the computer, the operating system closes the LRCAT file". I will now try to remember to quit LR before closing my lid. Thanks.
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You asked a question and I tried to be helpful. It was not necessary for you to be nasty and / or condescending.
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I'm sorry you took it that way. I let you know that you answered my question and I thanked you. I hope the other lengthy information about backing up the catalog was useful to others.