There may be situations where you'll find the need to select multiple photos in Lightroom.
Perhaps you wish to streamline the process of batch editing a series of images, or declutter your photo collection by deleting some. Regardless of the specific task at hand, knowing how to perform this action is a valuable skill.
In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through various methods and shortcuts to select multiple photos in Lightroom on both computer and mobile.
How to select multiple photos in Lightroom on Windows and Mac
To select multiple photos in Lightroom, click on the first photo you want to select, then hold down the Ctrl key (Cmd on Mac). While holding it down, click on the additional photos you want to include in your selection.
If the photos you want to select are adjacent to each other, there's a more efficient approach. Click on the first photo, and then while holding down the Shift key, click on the last photo in the sequence. This will automatically select all the photos in between as well.
If you want to select all the photos in the active folder or collection, it's easy. On Windows, just press Ctrl + A, and on a Mac, it's Cmd + A. These shortcuts work similarly to how you'd select multiple items in your computer's file explorer.
How to select multiple photos in Lightroom mobile
To select multiple photos in the Lightroom mobile app, just tap the three dots icon in the upper corner, then choose "Select." After that, tap on all the photos you want to pick. It's as simple as that.
You have an alternative option as well: press and hold a photo to select it, and then simply tap on the other photos you want to include in the selection. This gesture-based selection method is not only intuitive, but also highly efficient.
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