LightRoom: Why isn't there a shortcut key to label images purple?

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I cannot understand why Adobe keeps skipping over giving users a shortcut key for the Purple Label.

It just doesn't make sense and is a very annoying niggle to have to keep working around.

Adobe seem more intent on introducing "non core" features to drive sales that deal with the number of inconsistencies that already exist in Lightroom.
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Edward

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Jim Burgess

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I'm sure you will get the response that they ran out of digits (0-5 for ratings, 6-9 for labels). What key would you suggest?
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I would (and did) suggest using 0. In that case, I'd propose if you have a rating and want to change to zero, you can just hit that rating key again (i.e. if the rating is 3 stars and you want to change it to 0, just hit 3).

Alas, I lost that argument.
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Thought about that myself, but it would create a problem with my workflow: I make a quick rating pass through a shoot, then make a 2nd pass later rating many more additional images. If the rating key was a toggle it could wipe out the prior rating. The pick shortcut (tilde) behaves like this and it can be a pain.
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I really don't mind, but there must be one key free that can be assigned easily by Adobe (If they wanted to that is)
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If you are on a Mac, you can assign your own. There is also a LR plug-in called Keyboard Tamer that might do what you want.
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Thanks Jim
I used a workaround before where you add some script to a file, but it gets removed every time that I upgrade to a newer version of Lr!
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Jim Burgess wrote, "There is also a LR plug-in called Keyboard Tamer that might do what you want."

Keyboard Tamer doesn't know about the Photo > Set Color Label > Purple command, perhaps because internally it doesn't follow the same conventions as the other shortcut keys.

Edward wrote, "I used a workaround before where you add some script to a file, but it gets removed every time that I upgrade to a newer version of Lr! "

The TranslatedStrings.txt file doesn't actually get deleted when you upgrade to a new version. It's left behind in the application folder for the previous version, and you need to copy it to the application folder for the new version, e.g. from:

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.6\Resources\en

to:

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4\Resources\en

See these other threads:

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

http://forums.adobe.com/thread/867685
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Any key could be used for deleting star rating. It doesn't have to be 0.

So if they moved that shortcut to another key, 0 could be used as the shortcut for Purple colour flag. That would be rather logical when 6-9 are already used for the other color flags.
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I use ctrl-9 for purple.

In TranslatedStrings.txt (in with program files / resources):

"$$$/AgLibrary/Menu/Photo/Label/Toggle5Shortcut=Ctrl+9"
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It would be great to finally get this missing shortcut or a way to customize it.  Workarounds described here are only temporary so no real solution
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In general, it would be great if LR had a general facility for assigning keyboard shortcuts.  Please add your vote and opinion to this topic: https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/custom_keyboard_shortcuts_in_lightroom

Since people have been asking for specific shortcuts and a general facility for many years without any action by Adobe, you might consider the workarounds.  These workarounds are far from temporary -- on Windows, you'll need to copy a single file every couple of years when there's a major release, while the Mac workaround remains in place until/if Adobe changes the name of the LR app.

Windows:
- For most shortcuts, you can edit the file TranslatedStrings.txt, as described here: http://www.lightroomqueen.com/articles-page/shortcuts-dont-work-language-version-non-english-keyboar...f
- Some shortcuts aren't controlled by TranslatedStrings.txt; for these, you can use the widely used and free Autohotkey utility.

Mac: 
- For most shortcuts, you can edit the file TranslatedStrings.txt, as described here: http://www.lightroomqueen.com/articles-page/shortcuts-dont-work-language-version-non-english-keyboar...f
- For any shortcut that appears as a menu item, you can use the Mac's builtin Preferences > Keyword > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts.
- For shortcuts not controlled by TranslatedStrings.txt and not appearing in a menu item, there are third-party keyboard-macro utilities available, but I don't have any specific experience with them.
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On Windows, there is also the standard Windows accelerator shortcuts.  E.g. to invoke Edit > Invert Selection, you can type ATL+E V.