Lightroom Classic CC: Drag n' Drop + "Open With"

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Hello. Can you add a preference to show the photo or video in Lightroom for macOS when you drag n' drop a file over the dock icon or select the file in Finder then choose LR from the "Open With" context menu? As of now, both options brings up the import dialog box in LR. But I just want to see the photo in LR, instead of having to search for it. A preference would keep the option for those who like to see the import dialog box, and add another for users like me who just want to see the photo like if I'd choose "Open With" Adobe Bridge. Bridge takes substantially longer to load folders with hundreds and thousands of photos and videos, so I rather use LR.





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Lightroom doesn't open photos - it opens catalogs. It's only OS-assignable launch action is on a .LRCAT file type. Until a photo has been cataloged, it can't be developed. 
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Hi, Rikk. In the Finder you can open the info window, change the "open with" preference to Lightroom. Just double-clicked it and it opened in Lightroom's import dialog box. I'd like for it to show the photo instead of give me the option to import it.
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Why not just select it in the Finder and tap the Space bar to preview it?
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Hi, John. I want to open it in LR because to me it's quicker to move the file to different folders and is more versatile. Finder doesn't let users add keywords. They have tags but it doesn't do a lot of the things LR does when it comes to searching, filtering, and adding metadata. For now I have it set to open in Bridge but Bridge takes substantially longer than LR to load previews for files of folders with thousands of photos and videos.