Lightroom: Keyboard shortcut for All Photographs

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As I work on many project and create as many collection I do have to edit a lot of picture from specific collection but to make sure I'm editing the right pix I have to leave the collection and scroll up all the way to all photographs. Why couldn't we get a keyboard touch that permit to go directly to all photographs? And by the way if possible the same touch activated again to return to the collection you were.
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I agree it would be good if LR had more keyboard shortcuts for working with sources.

You could use the Go Back/Go Forward buttons at the bottom left to go to the previous source and then return to where you were:

If you're bouncing back and forth between All Photographs and a collection, this should do the trick.

If you want actual keyboard shortcuts to go to All Photographs, Quick Collection, and Previous Export, you could use the Any Source plugin. The plugin offers lots of other features to make working with sources more efficient.
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Thanks, that help!

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I agree with John: if you have any unsatisfied needs photo-source-wise, AnySource would probably satisfy.

Also, a short script could be used to select the all-photographs collection:

local lrApp = import( 'LrApplication' )
local lrCat = lrApp.activeCatalog()
lrCat:setActiveSources{ lrCat.kAllPhotos }

that's it.

If you put that in a file and install it as a script (see instructions here):

http://www.robcole.com/Rob/ProductsAn...

then you can assign a keystroke to it using AutoHotkey or equivalent on Mac.

But if you don't really need a keystroke for it, the "all photographs" collection is also a "sticky" source in your drop-down favorites menu - lower left area above the filmstrip.

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom Show All Photographs Keystroke command.

Since Lightroom was first launched I have been frustrated that there is no keyboard stroke/shortcut for 'Show All Photographs'. If one has a lot of folders or collections it is often necessary to scroll or close panels in order to click on the 'All Photographs' command in the Catalog panel. Even in solo mode an extra click is still required to open the Catalog panel and locate the Show All Photographs control. Alternatively there is a good pop up navigation control on top of the filmstrip but this disappears if the filmstrip is closed which it often is in order to maximise thumbnail space when browsing through records.  The keystroke 'Command B’ takes you to your target collection and so logically I'm always wanting to use something like ‘Command A’ to take me straight to All Photographs. 
A simple request which would surely be quite simple to implement!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Is there way to select all images in catalog with a keyboard shortcut from deep i....

My catalog is chronological - year, month, day, so I am typically in a folder that is 3 layers deep and long enough so that the Catalog section of scrolling box on left hand of screen disappears.  Often I will want to run a search on a search on the entire catalog and that means mousing over scrolling up and clicking.

Is there either a simple keyboard shortcut to select all the images in the catalog or to lock the catalog section so it doesn't scroll off screen?
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Thanks to John Ellis for his recommendation of the AnySource PlugIn - I may give it a try.  
However I was under the impression that this was the place to leave Lightroom Feature Requests. Whilst I understand the value of third party PlugIns and appreciate the recommendation, such a solution would be a workaround and I would still like to suggest that this could be built into Lightroom itself. I'm no software writer but I can't imagine this would be a difficult to thing to implement - a quick and easy way to offer better functionality. There is already a keyboard command for Go to Quick/Target Collection and it just seems completely logical that there should also be a command for Go to All Photographs. I see the merged conversation is from 2 years ago (and I also remember putting in similar requests when LR was first launched) so I guess there is not much popular support for this feature request!
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I agree entirely that there should be built-in keyboard shortcuts for all the sources.  More generally, LR's support for keyboard shortcuts is weak, and it would be much better if every command was able to be assigned a shortcut and LR supported easy assignment of shortcuts.   The Any Source plugin gets the problem solved, but it's not nearly as convenient to set up than if it were built-in.

This forum is used for product feedback of all sorts and many come here looking for immediate workarounds and solutions.
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Thanks, and I now see AnySource is one of a range of interesting sounding PlugIns you offer on your own website. They look like a great resource and a potential immediate workaround but I'm glad you agree it would be preferable if it was built into Lightroom itself.
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I absolutely agree that a shortcut is needed for "All Photographs."  Searching all my photos with a filter is something I do quite often, and it requires too many steps.   I like JonathanB's suggestion that ‘Command A’ to take you straight to All Photographs, by analogy to 'Command B', which takes you to your target collection.