Lightroom keyboard shortcut (x) to change aspect of crop tool and flag image for deletion has resulted in unintentional deletion of images.

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The Lightroom keyboard shortcuts (x) to flag an image for deletion and change the aspect of the crop tool has caused me to unintentionally delete important images. Please consider remedying this problem, or allow me to create a custom fix.
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John Latta

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  • sad when i lost important images.

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John R. Ellis, Champion

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You can change many of LR's keyboard shortcuts by editing the TranslatedStrings file:
https://www.lightroomqueen.com/custom-keyboard-shortcuts/

The two relevant lines are:

"$$$/AgDevelop/Menu/Photo/RotateCropAspect/Key=x"

"$$$/AgLibrary/Menu/Photo/SetPick/Rejected/Key=x"

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Can you describe in detail, step by step what happened? Flagging a photo for deletion does not delete the image. It is a multi-stage process designed to give you review opportunity along the way. 
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John Latta

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I have done this numerous times when editing and processing large numbers of wildlife images. I shoot quite a bit of wildlife so many images are flagged for deletion. Also as I am going thru the wildlife images, I often crop them. One of the things I do when cropping is to switch the aspect of the crop tool to go from a landscape to portrait orientation image when I have the resolution. When going thru a large number of images, I have inadvertently flagged images for deletion because I do this process quite rapidly. After some time of evaluating dozens of images, I delete the flagged images, including the any that I might have mistakenly flagged. It would be great if there were different keys used for flagging and changing the crop aspect in Lightroom!