Lightroom: Select and delete multiple develop history steps at once, back to a good starting point.

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Lightroom: Add the ability to delete multiple develop module history steps at once.
Sometimes during Lightroom editing I realize the approach I am using just isn't going to work. This usually occurs after I've reached a successful jumping off point, and gone several steps farther. I'd like to be able to select a group of develop actions in the history panel (at the top of the history list) and delete them all back to my successful jumping off point, rather than undoing each action successively from the top down.

I recently accidentally enabled auto-sync and applied the same edits incorrectly to several hundred new photographs I was working on, and I need to back out the erroneous edit steps from all the images. I haven't found a way to do this that doesn't require laboriously removing the steps one at a time from each of the hundreds of images. Any ideas?
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Rob Cole

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There is no way to delete intermediate steps, but to delete all steps from current back to a point, you can just use Edit menu -> Undo. You'll have to suffer through a bunch of "Change Selection", "Change Modules", ... , steps too, but keep going and you'll get there. Redo if you go too far.

If Lr crashes, or you close it, and undo is lost, or you prefer for other reasons, you can use 'ScrewAutoSync' plugin (free by me, find using internet search).
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I don't understand. If you simply want to go back several steps, just click on the last "good" development step in the history and work on. There is no need for a selective history deletion.
With multiple photos it is a bit different. Clicking inside the history always affects the current picture only. But no issue. If did a good development for many photos but suddenly you did some unlikely steps, go back in history for the first photo as described first and synchronize those settings to all other pictures you want to roll back. That's it. And don't care if the history fills up - that's the nature of a history! The result counts.
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Synchronizing all photos makes them all the same (sync'd settings anyway) - If that's what you want, then the solution Fermat proposed is perfect, and you can ignore my previous post and the rest of this post..

The trick is, when multiple photos are effected, to return each to it's previous state, when such previous states were not all the same.

Obviously one-at-a-time always works, but to do in bulk requires undo or sql/plugin.
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Thanks Rob and Fermat... You've confirmed (I think) my suspicion that there is no real way to back out a handful of bad edits in the middle of the stacks of a bunch of images, which is the general statement of the problem. I'll work with your suggestions and make a fresh pot of coffee to support my all-nighter ;)

The easiest way I've come up with is a variation of Fermat's suggestion. Pick the last "good" edit, and make a minimal change to blitz all the other steps above it. Then (if there are any) manually re-enter any higher steps that are still relevant to the image.

Rob, I'll take a look at ScrewAutoSync... I rarely use auto-sync, and that's how I got in this mess... maybe it will help.