Lightroom: Quicker Before/After Comparisons

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I'd love to see a quicker way to copy a certain history step to the "Before" setting. Clicking on the respective history step while pressing a keyboard modifier would do the trick for me.

I often like to validate the last set of changes I have made to an image. If I wanted to see the effect of all my changes I could simply press "\" but I'd like to just see the delta from a certain history step onwards.

If I think ahead, there is a quick way to copy the current settings to the "Before" settings (Ctrl + Alt + Shift + LeftArrow on Windows). However, often I don't realise that the current settings will be useful as a base to compare to.

Hence, I need to move the mouse to the history panel, right-click on the respective history item and then choose (by left-clicking) "Copy History Step Settings to Before" from the menu.

It would help me a lot if there were a shortcut such as "Shift clicking" or "Alt clicking" with the left mouse button on the respective history step item that would achieve the same effect.

While the difference -- choosing an item from a context menu for a history step vs clicking on a history step with a keyboard modifier -- does not seem huge, I find that having to hit relatively small areas such as context menu items and having to use both mouse buttons in quick succession slows me down.
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TK

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john beardsworth

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You do know you can just drag the history step into the Before window?
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TK

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I initially thought that wouldn't be a help to me since I prefer to make "before/after" comparisons by looking at the image at full size and pressing "\" repeatedly. Much easier to see changes and their impact than comparing two images side by side, AFAIC.

I thought I would have had to bring up a "before" view in compare mode before I could drag something into it. However, I just checked that dragging a history item into a full screen "Before" view works as well!

Thanks heaps, John for that tip!

How did you learn about this feature? I checked the LR PDF manual and did not find anything about this particular way to assign a history step to a "Before" view.
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Good idea TK. I'd add that the edit-history list should always indicate which state is set for comparison.

John - thanks for the hot tip :-)
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TK

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Yes, Rob, highlighting the history step assigned to the "Before" view would be useful.