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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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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See the section titled "Apply Develop adjustments to other photos"

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.