Where is undo for reject label in Bridge

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Where is "UNDO" option for reject label in Adobe Bridge?

This is apparently a longstanding issue and the forum 'answers' from the past have been deleted
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Cristen Gillespie

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The "undo" option (truly a scarce option in Bridge) is to use Cmd/Ctrl-0 after you've applied the reject rating. Cmd/Ctrl-0 will work on any of the ratings if you are willing to use the keyboard.
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This does not work for me on my Mac:  not ctrl-zero, ctrl-O, cmd-zero or cmd-O, or Cmd + Ctrl + zero or Cmd + Ctrl + O.  None of those affects the REJECT label.  Nor does a right-click and 'approved' or attempting to change to no rating or trying to label the image with any number of stars. 
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There must be something wrong with your installation, or perhaps it's a Catalina issue? I'm still running Mojave and have no problem with it. Are you set not to require the Cmd-key in Prefs?  I am, so plain zero works as well as Cmd-zero (here it will also accept the Cmd key even if I have it set to not require the Cmd-key, which is the default).

A right-click stupidly does nothing (why we have labels there and not ratings I've never understood). But the Label menu does have No rating as the first entry. Have you tried the menu and nothing happens?

I do delete my preferences between versions,  and if that doesn't work, trash all my cache, to keep Bridge on the straight and narrow. You might have noticed that Bridge is a bit fragile.  I'm afraid that's the only recommendation I have, and of course, no guarantees. Well, it IS easy enough to uninstall, removing Prefs, and reinstall as well. But if it's a cache issue, that has to get purged.

There have been changes to labels and ratings to the UI since 2018, so that could be an underlying issue if you haven't started over with fresh prefs and a fresh cache. The cache also doesn't appear to like to be just anywhere, the way it used to. UserLibrary/Caches/Adobe/Bridge/Cache/v36 is its preferred location. It has seemed to be that it's move it elsewhere at your own peril, though it's still technically allowed.

Let us know. Monday staff will return and possibly see the problem if you haven't resolved it.
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Cmd-zero worked just now, but I do not know what fixed the problem.  I had restarted the computer overnight (running Mojave, not Catalina); I'd reinstalled Bridge (now on 10.0.3.138) fairly recently for an unrelated issue; and I was using Bridge heavily over the past day, and I frequently quit it between processing various sets of images.  

Yesterday I tried to undo reject on some images I had intentionally 'rejected', in the same folder with he one I had not meant to thus label reject, and they would not undo their reject either. 

But tonight, I did cmd-zero on one of those, and a group of those, and then the image I first wrote about, and the reject label vanished.

Seriously weird.  But thank you all for your troubleshooting help!
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I'm glad it turned out to resolve itself. And now you have several ways to fix it the next time, including getting that script from Lumigraphics. I should add it's free, in case you didn't look. There are several useful Bridge functions in it.

As for being weird, well, I'm sorry to say that in my experience, Bridge tends to be a bit fragile from time to time, particularly under heavy use. If you have a major task involving a lot of file organization, breakdowns and frequent restarts become common place, and for some features you'll be trying to find workarounds, they're just that fragile.

I think if it were rebuilt, modernized, from the ground up, it could be a jewel in Adobe's crown, but I'm guessing the top brass don't see it as being quite worth that effort because it has improved slightly from earlier years, but not made much progress at all as a modern file browser. And I say that as someone who is totally dependent upon it day in and day out. It might feel completely sufficient to someone who doesn't do much with it most of the time.

But if I'm even resorting to using the Finder (which I don't like) because I can rely upon it for a given task better than Bridge and don't need to select files visually for that task, then I'd say that Bridge just isn't up to par yet.
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Another option, however if you are having deeper issues then it may not help (try other images to help isolate whether this is an image or program issue):

A GUI button bar can be added for later versions of Bridge:

https://community.adobe.com/t5/bridge/updated-script-utility-pack-2-1/td-p/10671973

https://exchange.adobe.com/creativecloud.details.101130.utility-script-pack-for-bridge.html
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That's a great script. The No rating button works on Reject files, as well, but as you said, it's not there for 2018 and earlier. The label and ratings bar is only for the first instance of Bridge, so if you open two windows, you'll have to use the first one you opened for that—truly no big deal.
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Bridge 2018 and below has some bug where the iconbuttons don't draw properly, so my Label Bar won't work. I modeled this after the toolbar in Lightroom, you'd think that the Bridge developers could easily add something like this.
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Bridge is a "pick your bug" program—dictating which bug I avoid with which version of the program depending upon a main task—and then live with whatever bug cropped up in the other version. Mostly I'm bouncing between 2018 and 2020. They're playing whack a mole until they build a new Bridge from the ground up. A bridge should be stable in a storm or you re-engineer it. (sigh)