Lightroom: Make rating shortcuts toggles

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When I type "x" for Rejected, typing it again should remove the Rejected flag. Same with the numberpad ratings and other related situations where there is a simple on/off state for the action. It saves time.

By the way — if you are seeing my other suggestions about reviewing and rating photos all arriving in a lump, it's because I'm in the middle of editing a huge shoot and these little quirks add up to big time wasters. Hope you don't mind the feedback.
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I would vote against it.

I, personally, would need to remove or modify a star/flag in two cases: if I change my mind or because of an error. Both happen to less than 1% of my photos.

Also, removing a star/flag in this way, first requires the user to check the old rating/flag, then press the exactly same key. Whereas the current system requires only one step: hit 0 or U respectively.

On the other hand, accidentally toggling off a star/flag because of a double key press, is more of a concern to me.
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Good point. Curiously, the corresponding toolbar icons *do* toggle flags and stars (granted, that is OK because you can see the current status). Also, the color labels always toogle (menu, shortcut and toolbar). So LR is not completely consistent in this regard ;-) ...the question is if this was intended or not....

P.S. If all would be harmonized to "never toggle", there would be no keyboard shortcut for "no color" (ok, there is already none for "purple" anyway...) - and the toolbar would need two new icons for "zero stars" and "no color".
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Good points.

I think it's more of an issue for me with rejecting than rating. When I'm doing a first pass, I have my fingers on Z and X so as I scan through so I can zoom and reject when necessary. I so often hit X by accident, that it'd be nice if it was a toggle so I didn't need to break away and hit U to undo it.

Though, perhaps the actual request should be for re-mappable keyboard shortcuts ala Photoshop — so I can assign keys to my preferred way of working.
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Just an idea: Use the space bar instead of the Z key.

P.S. There is a plugin called "keyboard tamer" to reassign keyboard shortcuts (I don't know it, but some say it's quite useful - although not free). And there is always the possibility to create/edit the TranslatedStrings.txt file to modify keyboard shortcuts (which is a little cumbersome for non-english languages because it has to be re-done at each LR update that change these files).
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Space bar, good tip.

I heard about keyboard tamer. Frankly, I was shocked when I realized today that you couldn't modify keyboard shortcuts in Lightroom. I'd never attempted it before, until I went to see if that would fix my problem.