Lightroom: One-click custom exports

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Feature request:
I have a request for a feature in Lightroom. I export a lot of photos 1 and 2 at time, as I search, tweak for my needs and export. It would be great to have a button for my export settings. 1 click and I can export a photo with my custom settings. Thanks. (BTW, this is getting posted here because Adobe, your feature request site sent me here. I hope this is the right place.)
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So what is the issue, having Export not remembering to use your custom export preset each time without re-selecting it, or Export requiring 3 clicks instead of one?

I typically use Ctrl-Shift-E to bring up the Export panel, which seems to have remembered my last export parameters, and then I click Export. So that is a 3-key sequence and a single-mouse-click or I could hit the Enter key instead of clicking Export with the mouse.

You can also use Ctrl-Alt-Shift-E to Export with Previous and not even see the Export panel.

What do you do now that takes more interaction than that?

And if there is an Export-with-Previous-Preset button, somewhere, where would that be? Is it something you have to scroll to, or does the UI get changed to remove an existing button like Previous or Reset or we add another row of buttons on one of the panels that would waste space for anyone not using one-button-Export process.
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Create a preset and right click on the image to access it. Works slick. One - press of the mouse, one release.
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Another option to consider, if you're doing the same export settings over n' over, is to set up a publish service, then you export whichever are defined to be exported via one click: the publish button.
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Thanks everyone for the feedback. The request for the feature came because, as I reviewed your suggestions, it is just the way I do things sometimes. I was using my arrow keys and wanted to quickly just export (one click) a photo I needed.

However, you all have given me other things to think about. Rikk (hey nice to meet online, saw you once at the MNPC meeting), yeah that right-click things seems cumbersome for my workflow, so I usually don't use it.

Rob, never looked into those publish services and didn't know you could publish to the HD. Very nice feature! I will use this in the future, and it shows previous published images.

Steve, control-shift-E command is a pretty good way. As to where? I'd make it so it'd be a small square button with a custom label right by the current import export buttons. They are huge, Cut them in half, move them over, and let a person have 3 custom buttons for exports that we can easily change.
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Regarding buttons:

1) Import/Export are in Library only. This suggests that you make your adjustments in Develop and then come back to Library to quickly arrow through your photos and do an ad-hoc single-image Export when something seems good enough.

2) If you look at the button placement in the various modules, there are either no, 1 or 2 buttons at the bottom of the left and right panels in each module, and some of those buttons have words that need the entire width of the button, and this is in English, I imagine that some other languages might need more button width for some words than English, so there's probably not going to be an additional button at the bottom left in Library for you, even if it would fit in English, which in my opinion it wouldn't.

What I'd ask for, instead of a third button, is that the Export button change to Export With Previous (or whatever abbreviation would fit) when Shift or Ctrl are pressed, much like it changes to Export Catalog when Alt is pressed. This is still just in the Library module, not in Develop, so the Ctrl-Alt-Shift-E is still more universal as it works in Develop as well.

If Export with Previous would function as you want in this situation but there are too many keys to press at once, then consider using a keyboard macro program like AutoHotkey from www.autohotkey.com and define a macro that will generate a Ctrl-Alt-Shift-E key combination if LR is the current window, and you press some other key combination of your choice. If you're on a Mac then there is likely something comparable.