Lightroom Desktop (any version) - All selected images should be become deselected after when a single image is selected.

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Lightroom Desktop (any version) - Several times I have completed all my non-destructive edits in a large series of images. So now I'm ready for exporting and then select ALL my images. But then I decide to select a single image to remove it when I realize I don't need it and then Remove & Delete it. Since I have selected that one and only image, I confirm the deletion of the image, and POOF all the images (I know II can retrieve those) but most importantly ALL MY EDITS ARE GONE. I have done this more than once as I get so focused on the completion of a project, I fail to recall that even though I selected a single image to delete, ALL the other images are STILL selected. I would like to request that when a user selects ALL images and THEN selects a single image, all the other images become deselected.  
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Overbey Tom

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Ruurd van Dijk

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A better. and most of the times quicker way to remove photo's is to mark them with a 'reject flag' (key X) and then, when finished, after double-checking, to choose Photo's>Delete rejected photo's (also from disk).
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Overbey Tom

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Thank you for this workaround / workflow option; much appreciated.
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Edmund Gall

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If you click on the grey area around the single image you wish to select - NOT on the image itself - then the single image will be selected. If multiple images are selected and you click on an image in the selection, it just becomes the 'most' selected image, rather than the only image selected (as you've experienced).

Alternatively, you can press Cmd-D (or Ctrl-D in Windows) to clear any selections, and then select your single image before hitting delete...
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Overbey Tom

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This is a well informed response, thank you.
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Yves Crausaz

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Il n'est pas non plus interdit de lire le contenu des boîtes de dialogue qui ne manquent pas de s'ouvrir quand on demande une opération de suppression, celles-ci étant différentes si une seul image ou plusieurs sont sélectionnées, elles diffèrent aussi si c'est à partir des dossiers ou à partir des collections, le premier dialogue étant aussi différent !!!!

It is also not forbidden to read the content of the dialog boxes which do not fail to open when a delete operation is requested, these being different if a single image or several are selected, they also differ if it is from the files or from the collections, the first dialogue being also different !!!!

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The reason why clicking another image in the selection will not deselect the entire selection (and should not IMHO) is that this is actually very useful when you want to synchronize develop settings and/or metadata. If you want an image in the middle to be the 'most selected image', it would be a nuisance if you could not do that by simply clicking the first image, shift-clicking the last image, and then clicking the image that needs to be the 'most selected' one.