LIGHTROOM: Simpler Pick or Reject image keys in Library module.

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When I am sorting through my images in the library module and using the flags to pick or reject it would help greatly if I can assign 2 keys next to each other to raise and lower the flag value (-1, 0, 1). This way my right hand can be on the mouse and scroll wheel while my left hand on the 2 keys to raise and lower the flag status. Since they are assignable, this can also be tailored for the left handed. Great product!
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You can use shift-p or shift-x to set the flag and auto-advance to the next image.
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Ctrl+up and Ctrl+Down will raise and lower the flag value.
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If I use the shift P or shift X solution then my hand has to be repositioned on the keyboard for every Pick or Reject.

Bring right handed, if I use the Ctrl+Up and Crtl+Down I have to move the keyboard so my left hand is positioned over those keys.

I currently use the " ` " to toggle the status, but it only assumes a positive or neutral status for the pick flag. If I just use the "X" key to set as a Reject, pressing it again doesn't change the state back to neutral.

So if I could just make a suggestion that the "X" key in the library module is a toggle to the Reject flag just as the " ` " key is a toggle to the Pick flag it would be a big help. A similar arrangement can be made for the left handed by 2 characters on the other side of the keyboard. It would only be active in the library module so it wouldn't interfere with any other code.
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Bring right handed, if I use the Ctrl+Up and Crtl+Down I have to move the keyboard so my left hand is positioned over those keys.

You can move through images with the Left and Right arrows. It's also more precise that the mouse wheel.
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You have another solution, firstly mark all your photo as rejected (Ctrl+A and X) so after you just have to use key P and mark photos you want to keep.
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@David...you can kind of do what you want using the X and ~ keys, both of which can be reached with one hand. Use the ~ key to pick/unpick an image as you are doing now. Use the X key to reject an image; if you decide to un-reject, press the ~ key twice--the 1st key press picks the image, the 2nd unpicks it. Your idea of X acting as a toggle is obviously a better solution, but I wouldn't hold my breath until it gets implemented. Suggestions like this, as simple as they seem, don't seem to get very far in the Adobe scheme of things.
@Alban...probably not a good idea. If you neglect to un-reject an image that you might want to keep, it could inadvertently go away when you remove all the rejected images.
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You can do the opposite, mark to keep all image and reject others, this work the same way.
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David Fabian

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During the import process I don't import the obvious test shots and low value. I import the ones that I'm on the fence about and higher.

This is why I wanted to use the pick/reject system to go through them.

I think I may have an easier time of it by using the 1,2 and 3 stars on the keyboard with a combination of filters in the library module. The renders the Pick and Reject flags of little value to me.
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I don't use the pick/reject system either because of my pet problems with it (no way to distinguish "unconsidered" from "undecided"). But, if your main problem with it is which keys are used, consider a keyboard mapping plugin or something like that.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm trying out a method of Rejecting any photo that is an obvious stinker. Being right handed. I zoom the thumbnails relatively large so I can see them and zoom through them using the mouse wheel and "X". Now I have been experimenting with 2 different methods.
1) Select All and assign a rating of 3 to each. Now I can go up and down 1 or 2 stops to rate them. Increase/Decrease.

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2) Position left hand over the 2,3,4 keys to assign one of 3 ratings to each photo.

In either case:
I now can use the Filters set to "equals to" to work on the subset that have the higher potential of obtaining a decent image in a short amount of time. Then work downward in the ratings I assigned as they will probably require more effort
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Thanks for the "potential" tips (let us know if it continues to work well for you after the "trying out" period, ok?).