Many of you know that I am a fan of adding keywords to photos in Lightroom, so that you can find them quickly later. In this post I will go over some shortcuts to help you add keywords more quickly.
With a photo selected (or group of photos selected in Grid view):
- Ctl/Cmd-K will open up your Keywording panel on the right-hand side in the Library module, with the cursor in the box to add new keywords.
- Ctl/Cmd-Shift-K will put the cursor in the larger Keywording box, so that you can edit keywords you have already added (or type in new ones.)
If there is one keyword or a list of keywords that you would like to be able to apply to selected photos with a keyboard shortcut (Shift-K), you can set up the keyword in one of two ways:
- In the menu bar in the Library module, go to Metadata>Set Keyword Shortcut... Type in the keyword, or set of keywords, separated by commas.
- In your Keyword List panel (below the Keywording panel), right-click on the desired keyword, and choose Use this as Keyword Shortcut. (You now will see a “+” to the right of it.) With this method, you can only select one keyword.
With the keyword(s) assigned, select a photo, or a group of photos in Grid view, and type Shift-K to assign.
If you want to set up different keyboard shortcuts for several keywords, you can use Keyword Sets to do so. I will discuss how to set up and use Keyword Sets in my next post.