Lightroom CC: Ability to Drag and drop files from the OS to import

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Please add the ability to drag and drop files from the desktop to import them into Lightroom CC. Sometimes I start by looking at files in my file browser and have to go back through Lightroom to find them, which is very inconvenient.
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I was really surprised (not in a good way) I can not import files by drag and drop in Windows. A carefully selected only several photos inside a folder with hundreds of photos and the realised drag and drop does not work. Had to use import button, navigate all the way and select one by one photo again :( Not very friendly.
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Yeah, that one's bugging me too, so you've got my vote.
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Olive Noire

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Yes, good.
I mean drag and drop for export too...
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Also, add drag and drop on iOS, please. Most other, much smaller apps support it.
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Jonathon Watkins

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Just about to submit that bug. Working in Photo Mechanic and dragging the picks into Lightroom is my standard workflow, so when this stopped working in Classic it's a real pain. 
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I am trying to process photos and I can't drop and drag them. Seriously LR should be able to do this!!!!
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Angelo

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Same here for me It's very annoying !
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Very basic stuff, please add it asap.
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This gets my vote please add some urgency to getting this added..
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It's astounding that this doesn't work already. Even web apps allow drag and drop from Windows Explorer. 

I'd also add that I would like the ability to drag selected photos from Lightroom Classic to an album in Lightroom CC. 
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It is really hard to understand why such basics feature are not implemented. I vote for it, but as far I can see, nothing happen for 10 months. Either Adobe thinks it costs too much to develop something totally start from scratch. Or Adobe things there is only 10 people which want this feature. 
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I agree... the whole Lightroom CC/Lightroom Classic CC debacle seems like it was initiated by people who don't use the software and have no idea what working photographers and human beings want. Adobe certainly has the money to fix this. I just hope they have it on their roadmap to add this basic functionality.
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Here is a reason why this is necessary.  I have tons (over 60,000) images (DNG) cataloged in Adobe Bridge CC using labels.  Right now here is what I have to do to import my images in Lightroom CC.  Click the + in Lightroom CC, select the folder with say 1,000 images (common in my case and I only want 50 images imported out of the 1,000), click import and wait (please do not suggest I go through and single click the 50 I want, that is why a long time ago and labeled them).  Then I need to filter out the 950 I don’t want using labels (oops Lightroom CC does not support labels so use an approximation using rating ARGGG) and then delete them (making sure I click the right options on the dialog that shows up) and then Wait....  This is error prone.  If I could select the ones I want in Bridge using labels (as opposed to the ones I don’t want using an approximation) and drag and drop this would work like humans work and would be quick.  End of story.

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Using old Lightroom just because of this 
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Hetty Rodda

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This is so annoying. Lightroom make Drag and Drop function. grrr
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Put this on the top of the list!

Please add this ability to drag-drop files from the OS File Explorer/Finder into Lightroom CC! It is so frustrating to navigate my Windows File Explorer to find the pics I want to import and then have to do it again in Lightroom to import them! 
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What is the issue? I am able to drag the files from OS File Explorer on Windows 10 to the LR Classic icon on my Desktop, and files do import
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The issue is that this thread is about the cloud-centric version of Lightroom Desktop, not Classic.
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While waiting for this functionality to be added to LrDesktop, why not use the LrWeb app? That does support drag and drop.
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Thank you so much, Jim! That worked like a champ! Who would have thought there was a feature available on LrWeb that was not on LrCCDesktop?
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When you consider that the Web app and the various Mobile apps were all released several years before the Desktop app, and all on different platforms (and there are 4 different versions of the Mobile app), it's perhaps not so surprising that full feature convergence hasn't yet been achieved. There are other functions, such as album custom ordering, which still cannot be done on the LrDesktop app but can be done in all the other client apps (with LrWeb being the standout system for me). Whilst it remains an Adobe objective, they also have to balance the need for continuous new feature development against the work required to attain full convergence.

Speaking personally, I'm generally OK if the things I need to do can be done in at least one of the cloud ecosystem client apps, provided that we get to see new or improved features at each update. So far I've not been at all disappointed at the rate of progress, but like everyone else I have my own "wish-list" of things I'd like to see. 
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Thanks for the explanation. I never paid much attention to the Web and Mobile apps, assuming they were scaled-down versions of the Desktop app with minimal functionality and didn't realize they were so far along on features. It actually looks like Adobe is doing a pretty good job giving us a lot functionality across all of the platforms, not just Desktop. Nice!
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Dear Adobe developers. Drag & drop was invented in the 70s, so please step up your game! If you need help just call Jef Raskin and Bill Atkinson.
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Just gonna add my voice to this.. what the hell CC! Where's my drag and drop!
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I can't believe this still hasn't been implemented. Come on Adobe!!! It's so basic that we shouldn't even need to be asking for it (for over 2 years, nonetheless). I get that you guys have a monopoly on creative software (at the moment), but at least do something with all the money you're sucking out of us every month...?
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