Lightroom Classic: Why can't I edit multiple photos at once?

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I imported 107 photos all taken in the same room into Lightroom Classic CC 2019, they all need the same adjustments made to them. So, I tried selecting all the photos and making my adjustments only to find that it only made the corrections to the first one that I selected, all the others were unaffected.

Now I am FORCED to do these adjustments ONE BY ONE to 107 photos because Adobe could not have implemented a way to do the changes to all the selected photos, not just the first one.

Lightroom NEEDS to feature to edit them all at once. It is pointless that the ONLY function of selecting multiple photos is to export them all. You should be able to make changes to them all.

Even selecting them in 'library grid' does nothing. As soon as I go to "develop", back to the first photo I selected.
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that is false. There is no "copy settings" dialog that I can find! It ONLY copies the image!!!
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You can't find it, that much is clear it's however not false. DO try to read how to do this. It's indeed stupid that you cannot figure out how to edit multiple photo's at once, even though it's entirely possible to do so. For many, many years. 
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It DOES NOT say how to do it! It just says to use control C and use the copy settings dialog but gives NO way or how to find this elusive copy settings dialog.

Just admit there is no way to do this and quit trying to aggravate me with fake BS :(
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Perhaps you will consider trying those key commands rather than complain about the product you don't know how to use. Assuming you wish to solve your "problem".
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I did. It only copies the image. In fact, it pasts into Photoshop, Firefox, and other programs as well
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Man, you really should chill out and relax! 
On develop mode, right click on the photo that's opened. Not on the strip. The photo itself. Go to settings > Copy Settings. Settings is the first option. Select all the options you want to be copied. Then go to the photo you want to paste, right click, Settings > Paste Settings.

The other way is to right click the photo on the strip, go to Develop Settings > Copy Settings. Select all the options you want to be copied. Then go to the photo you want to paste on the strip, right click, Develop Settings > Paste Settings.

This is just another way of copying and pasting the develop settings to many photos. There are other ways. Google it! ;)
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He's lost. 
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The copy settings are indeed there using the link that Andrew provided. Alternatively, you can use the auto-sync function so that settings are applied to all photos, all at the same time.
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I just have "previous" and "reset"
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Because you have only one photo selected.
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Someone else already told me another way.
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Well, actually it IS possible to edit many photos at once. On Develop mode, select all photos you want to edit. Under all develop panels, there are two buttons, one being Sync. Click the switch so the button reads Auto Sync. Done. Now, everything you change on the photo you're seeing on the screen will be automatically synced to the other photos.

Oh, end indeed there is the copy/paste settings. It ́s just in different menus, depending on where you right click. It's odd, but that's the way it is.
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I have no 'sync' button anywhere :(
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Select two or more photos.
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Here's four ways to do what you want:

Method mentioned above: 

1. Select Image in Develop Filmstrip
2. CTRL/CMD C (Copy Dialog Appears)
3. Choose adjustments to copy
4. Click [Copy]
5. Select lots of other photos in Filmstrip
6. CTRL/CMD V (all edits selected in step 3 are copied. 

You could also use a Preset

1. Select Image in Develop Filmstrip
2. Select "+"  in Preset Panel
3. Create a Preset.
4. Go to Library Grid
5. Select all images to which to apply
6. Apply Preset in QD Panel.

You could also use Autosync

1. Turn on Autosync by toggling switch on [Sync] Button and clicking [AutoSync]
2. Select Multiple Images in Develop Filmstrip.
3. Adjust one image - all the others get updated as you go.
4. Remember to turn off AutoSync.

If edits are just in Basic panel

1. Select Images in Grid
2. Adjust in Quick Develop Panel

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Still no auto sync. It is not where that guy posted the screenshot.

I was able to do what I needed in quick develop. The white balance is what needed adjusting
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Still no auto sync. It is not where that guy posted the screenshot.
Sure there is, you just missed it..... Again. And the other three ways to accomplish what you desire. If you spent a bit less time reading and trying the correct suggestions, you might actually get there. Anyway, proof of concept that some of us (all of us) thus far are (were) attempting to help you:
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You have to select multiple photos for the sync button to appear. Edit the first image, then select all the images you want to have the same edits in the film strip, and click Sync in the bottom right corner, just above the film strip.
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"The worst blind person is the one who doesn't want to see!"

Cheers.
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"The worst blind person is the one who doesn't want to see!"

On a similar concept: “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” -Søren Kierkega


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See the section titled "Apply Develop adjustments to other photos"
https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/help/develop-module-options.html

And for heaven's sake, stop with all the posts about everything being so stupid.  The only thing that's coming across as stupid is the poster who can't be bothered to learn the basics of how the program works or ask for help in a civil manner.

There are plenty of helpful people in this forum, but nobody's going to bother wasting their time if you keep this up.

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Justin, it would truly be helpful if you spent some time learning the basics.  Lightroom is a different paradigm than software you are used to using - so some new skills are required.  I recommend you head over to the Lightroom Queen website and read up using her QuickStart guide then spend a couple of hours with some online tutorials - you will learn not only the fundamentals but also some very useful techniques.  Good luck with it.
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Thanks everyone. Among other things I just had a mini tutorial on Auto Sync!
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