Lightroom Classic: Warning before Lightroom applies multiple edits

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Lightroom doesn't behave the same as most other Windows programs, in that it's easy to have more than 1 photo selected and not realize it. For example, in Windows Explorer if you select all photos and then click on any one photo ONLY that photo will be selected. In the Grid View in Lightroom if you select all photos and then click in the photo part of a cell all the photos will remain selected. More than once I have applied edits to many photos when I think I'm only editing one.
It would be nice if a warning appeared saying "You are about to apply changes to 350 photos. Continue"?.
It would have the usual "Don't warn me again" checkbox if you don't want to see the warning again.
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Great idea! create idea
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Steve Gandy

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Turn off the auto syncing feature and you will only be editing the main selection. Most only turn this on when they actually want edits to be synced across a selection of images. Sounds like you turned it on by mistake maybe?
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Thanks for the idea Steve. I'm not sure how to test that, using this scenario.
1. Select 3 images in the grid.
2. Go to the Develop Module.
3. Apply a change (e.g. crop).
All three (or 300) images will be cropped, but AFAIK there is no indication or warning that multiple images will be affected.
Does Auto Sync address that?
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Yes, you have Auto Sync on. It's the small switch in front of the 'Sync...' button. I'm typing this on my iPad, so I can't post a screenshot.
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Allow me...

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Thanks for bearing with me...
Here is my test.

1 I select 2 photos in Grid View
2. Go to Develop and make the photo Black & White.

It doesn't matter which way I have the Auto Sync switch configured; both photos always get turned Black and White.(I'm resetting the photos to colour between the tests)


Are you saying this doesn't happen to you?
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With Auto Sync turned off only the "most selected" image should be affected. Try restarting Lightroom and do it again. By the way, what operating system and which version of Lightroom are you using?
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FlashAbercrombie

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Thanks Rick
I'm using Classic CC 7.2 on Windows 10
I'll try a LR restart, but this has been going on for months.
Yup, same result.

The reason this bubbled up enough for me to ask the question is that I ended up editing >350 photos yesterday, when I only wanted to edit one.

I'm a developer and it's been instilled into me to try to keep users from shooting themselves in the feet. Things like:
- prompting for unsaved changes
- copying over existing files
- hard deleting files
- formatting drives
and so on. 

What I'm experiencing feels like one of those kinds of things..."Do you really want to crop 350 photos?" And it would be so easy to implement. But maybe I'm holding it wrong, and it only happens to me.

"Most selected" is a new term to me..I think I see what you mean though. If there are two photos selected they both have grey backgrounds but the one I clicked on last is lighter grey. And here I thought "selected" was binary!

Still not sure if this is a bug or a feature.

Scott
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Try resetting your preferences, because this is not how Lightroom should work: https://www.lightroomqueen.com/articl...
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Thanks, I'll give that a try.
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Yup!! You beat me to it! 

One other thing... By your pictures it looks like you are in the Develop module when you make the edit but I have to ask...
If you are in Grid view with multiple images selected, pressing the "V" key for black and white will change all selected images. In the Develop module it should only change one when Auto Sync is off. (sorry for being so redundant) 

So... to be clear, you are not in the Grid view when you try this, correct?

And... sometimes weird behavior can be remedied by resetting Lightroom Preferences. 
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Yes, I was in the Develop Module when I made the edits.

I reset the preferences (renamed the pref files) and it's now working as it should.

I guess I'm a little older and little wiser about Lightroom weirdnesses now. :)

Thanks so much for all the help and your patience, Rick and Johan!
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Excellent! Glad it worked out!