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When Panels, Modules, Tools and More Go Missing in Lightroom

Where did my Lightroom panel / tool / module go?I get a fair number of emails from frantic users who have lost some critical part of the Lightroom interface. In this video I show you how to find missing panels, tools, and more.  Watch the video to learn not only how to find what you have lost, but also how to hide what you don’t need.

For best quality, after hitting Play, click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right of the video and choose 720/HD or the highest setting available.

For those of you who need to just get to what you are looking for, below is what I cover and where you can find it in the video:

Find your missing Lightroom:

  • module (0:30)
  • panel (0:50) – the Basic panel is most common – white balance, exposure, etc
  • panel strip / filmstrip (1:30)
  • toolbar (1:52)
  • library filter bar (2:15)
  • tool in toolbar (2:43)
  • hidden settings in panel (3:06)
  • grid view photo information (3:42)
  • loupe view photo information (4:18)
  • program close/minimize/maximize buttons (4:55)
  • program menu bar (4:55)
  • Lightroom 4 & 5 Basic panel tone controls (highlights, shadows, whites, blacks) (5:43)
  • tone curve sliders or point curve (6:49)

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2017-07-10T10:57:26+00:00October 1st, 2013|168 Comments


  1. Maria Sacadura October 2, 2013 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    Excellent tutorial. I’m always learning something from you!
    I don´t find in the inferior panel how to check for seing those minor dusts, in black and white: Can you help me to turn that button on? Thanks.
    My regards
    Maria Sacadura

  2. Ed Law October 11, 2013 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    Always appreciate. How do I eliminate the “SignUp” and “Submit” texts that remain on the window .. I am signed up.

    Keep ’em flyin’


  3. Bev October 25, 2013 at 6:21 am - Reply

    I need help asap 🙁 My Lightroom 3, develop module has NOTHING showing in the develop mode. I can’t find any tools to edit. ANy ideas? Thank you.

    • Laura Shoe November 8, 2013 at 12:20 pm - Reply

      Hi Bev,

      I’m sorry I didn’t get to this sooner. I’m hoping you have already figured it out, but if you mean that the entire module is blank, I don’t know the answer — I would suggest posting on for troubleshooting assistance.

  4. Lou December 1, 2013 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    may I say…….Thank you!

  5. Cindy January 24, 2014 at 10:23 am - Reply

    Thank you, this was so helpful!

  6. Deborah Lowery January 28, 2014 at 8:56 am - Reply

    Hi – thanks for the tutorial. I have Lightroom 5 and suddenly am missing the “Basic” tone section in my Develop module. I saw in the tutorial that you simply right clicked on “tone” and selected “basic” and it reappeared, however, for some reason it’s not working for me. It’s simply not clickable, and I just keep opening and collapsing the area but I am only in “tone curve” or, further down the panel, “split toning.”

    Please help! Am turning around a job right now and need to adjust exposure, shadows, etc.!

    Much thanks,


    • Deborah Lowery January 28, 2014 at 9:01 am - Reply

      Got it! Found where to check “basic” when I clicked on the “help” section at the top and entered “tone.”

      • Alanna Zipp November 10, 2014 at 2:15 pm - Reply

        THANK YOU! Video was very helpful but that was my same problem! That worked. I am so excited 🙂

  7. kylie @ immaeatthat February 26, 2014 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    THANK YOU!!!! Exactly what I needed help with!!

  8. Geri March 2, 2014 at 10:42 am - Reply

    I am missing my basic WB selections of Daylight, shade, etc… Only have As Shot, Auto and Custom.
    Also missing several selections of Lens Profiles: Model and Profile. Where did they go?

    • Laura Shoe March 5, 2014 at 4:44 pm - Reply

      They are only available for raw files, Geri, not JPEGs.

      • Geri March 6, 2014 at 8:30 am - Reply

        Thank you Laura,

        I figured that out after posting my question… I had sent my camera in for warranty work and they changed my settings from RAW to JPEG:-/

        However, I did find a wonderful workaround with white balance presets here: by Matt Kloskowski 🙂

  9. Dan April 20, 2014 at 7:51 am - Reply

    Thank you! Excellent tutorial.

  10. Tiberman Sajiwan Ramyead May 12, 2014 at 10:56 am - Reply

    Help! I cannot see the Lightroom Templates in the Print module. Please help. Thanks.

  11. Samuel Adams May 21, 2014 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Thank you so much, shift-F fixed me right up… Your guide to “where to find it in the video:” was very helpful.

  12. Renate Strub June 11, 2014 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    I hope somebody can help me. At the very bottom of the panel (library or development) is a row of thumbnails of the photos (just above the down-pointing arrow). These are now so small that I have to view them in the grid and also I can’t see anymore the development changes made to the photo (those small icons on the bottom right side). How can I restore the size of these thumbnails? I know how to see this info in the grid, but this is more time consuming. Thanks for your help.

    • Laura Shoe June 30, 2014 at 11:15 am - Reply

      You have probably figured this out by now, Renate, but you can make the filmstrip larger by hovering over the black/grey top border of it until you get the double-arrow, then dragging up. Here is an article with filmstrip tips:

      • Renate June 30, 2014 at 12:44 pm - Reply

        Yea, Laura, i have figured it out but thanks for your reply.

  13. Paul Rentz July 2, 2014 at 10:12 am - Reply

    Mine is weird and I didn’t see it mentioned, the minimize, close, and ‘stacking’ icons in Windows are missing so that the only way I can see another window is to open over Lightroom and I can’t minimize the window at all- and to close Lightroom I have to go the File drop down menu. How do I get those back?

    • Laura Shoe July 11, 2014 at 11:48 am - Reply

      If you are using Lightroom 4 or earlier, Paul, type F once or twice. If you are using Lightroom 5, shift-F.

  14. Alissa July 3, 2014 at 4:58 am - Reply

    YOU ROCK!!!! thank you!!!!! That was quick and easy!

  15. Markus July 26, 2014 at 9:07 am - Reply

    When importing my “Apply during Import” gone missing.
    I cannot apply keywords etc while importing.
    My presets are still there, but how do I change them?

    • Laura Shoe July 28, 2014 at 12:47 pm - Reply

      Markus, right-click on another panel name there and choose Apply During Import to display it.

  16. robin July 27, 2014 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    I feel like a prize idiot! Thank you for your help(-:

  17. Frank August 6, 2014 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    Great tutorial, Laura. Thanks for sharing.
    I suddenly have the “Print Settings” button disappear, which was next to the “Page Setup” button, in the “PRINT” Module, in the left panel, in LR 5.
    I have tried and checked everywhere, but could not find a solution, how to get it back. This is in Windows 7.
    Do you know how to get that “button” back?

    • Laura Shoe August 7, 2014 at 9:57 am - Reply

      Print settings is only available on a Mac, Frank. Page Setup takes you to your printer driver software, with all the printer settings.

  18. Amanda August 12, 2014 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    When I’m in the Develop tab all my sliders are in white and not colour. How can I change this to colour please on a Mac? On my laptop they are in colour, but my desktop it’s white.

    • Laura Shoe August 25, 2014 at 8:10 pm - Reply

      You stumped me on this one, Amanda! Try

      • Jason Ligon September 21, 2015 at 3:42 pm - Reply

        I’m in the same boat. Did you ever figure this out? Thanks, Jason

        • Laura Shoe October 1, 2015 at 11:23 am - Reply

          I haven’t looked into it, Jason. Note that many sliders should be in shades of gray. In the Basic panel, for example, only temp, tint, vibrance, and saturation are in color.

    • tory September 15, 2014 at 3:05 am - Reply

      this has just happened to me – did you manage to solve the problem ?

  19. Allycia August 18, 2014 at 8:55 am - Reply

    Thank you SO much! So helpful:) You saved my day! <3

  20. Lisa August 19, 2014 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    I love you!!! Thank you!!! Lost my basic. Got it back – like Stella and her groove.

  21. Jen August 22, 2014 at 3:49 am - Reply

    Thank you!!! I lost my basic panel with the new Lightroom CC and had been at a loss trying to figure out what happened.

  22. Kim Ferguson August 30, 2014 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    You are a life saver. Lost the presets panel and could not figure out how to get it back.

    • Heather Davis August 30, 2015 at 6:51 pm - Reply

      I too have lost the Presets Panel and even after this video (and a few others) can’t seem to get it to come up. I have a large number of presets in my LR5 folder, but can’t use any of them because the panel is missing. Please help!

      • Laura Shoe September 3, 2015 at 12:40 pm - Reply

        If you have lost the entire panel strip, Heather, click on the sideways triangle on the left edge, at the center. If you have lost only the Presets panel and you are in the Develop module, right-click on the Collections panel name (or Ctl-click with a one button Mac mouse), and choose Presets to unhide it.

  23. LInda Montgomery September 23, 2014 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    I have lightroom 4 and my templates on the left side is missing. All i have is Navigator and folders nothing else. I tried right clicking but its not working any idea.

    • LInda Montgomery September 23, 2014 at 4:20 pm - Reply

      never mind i resolved my issue your video did help with a lot of things that could go wrong thanks

      • Laura Shoe September 23, 2014 at 4:43 pm - Reply

        I’m glad to hear it, Linda!

  24. Gail Smith September 23, 2014 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    Laura, Here’s one I havent’ seen covered yet. I’m missing the adjustment sliders for the graduated filter adjustment only. I’ve been right-clicking and searching for sideways triangles to no avail! Help!

    • Laura Shoe September 23, 2014 at 5:05 pm - Reply

      Hi Gail,

      You’re intuition is correct – there is a sideways triangle in the filter panel to the right of the word “Effect: (dropdown)”.

  25. Cindy Feister September 26, 2014 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    In my lightroom 5 develop module, the white balance has gone from 9 options to 3 options. Daylight, cloudy, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent and Flash has gone missing. How do I restore them? Thank you.

    • Laura Shoe October 6, 2014 at 6:48 pm - Reply

      The others are only available for raw files, Cindy.

  26. Mike October 13, 2014 at 11:59 am - Reply

    LR 5.6 Book module, MacbookPro. The TYPE panel isn’t wide enough to show the presets available for selection, or the box for typing in the font size. I have tried adjusting screen resolution, real estate size and the width of teh right hand panels. No joy. I’m sur eit must be something simple…..

    • Laura Shoe November 3, 2014 at 1:34 pm - Reply

      Sorry for the delay, Mike. I don’t know what the issue would be – if you haven’t resolved it, I would suggest posting on

  27. Paul October 15, 2014 at 9:53 am - Reply

    Thank you…within 1:20 I found the answer to my question!! THANK YOU!!!!

  28. Kate October 28, 2014 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Hi there,

    The noise reduction setting just went missing… There is no detail section. How do I locate this? Thank
    You for the help!

    • Laura Shoe October 31, 2014 at 4:44 pm - Reply

      Kate, right-click on another panel name in that strip (such as Tone Curve), and choose Detail.

      • Karen Elliott November 30, 2014 at 2:55 pm - Reply

        Thank you, Laura! I had asked that same question (although I don’t see it anywhere). I followed your advice and found it again. I don’t know how it went missing in the first place, but I’m sure glad to have it back!!! 🙂

  29. virginai November 23, 2014 at 10:51 am - Reply

    THANK YOU!!!!

  30. Kristen November 28, 2014 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    Thank you!!!

  31. Karen Elliott November 29, 2014 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the info on the youtube segment. I’ll use some of those. However, my issue is that the Noise Reduction part in the Develop Module is missing. I got down to the last five photos and it disappeared. And I have to give these photos to some friends tonight. Yikes!!!! Any help would be appreciated.

    • Laura Shoe December 5, 2014 at 1:08 pm - Reply

      That’s the Detail panel, Karen. Right-click on another panel name in the strip, like Lens Corrections, and choose Detail.

  32. Kerry December 1, 2014 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    Unfortunately my entire BASIC panel is missing. ???

    • Laura Shoe December 5, 2014 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      You’ll find that at 1:18 in the video, Kerry.

  33. CarolM December 3, 2014 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    So thankful for your help! Frantic doesn’t begin to describe how I felt as I searched helplessly for the Basic Tool Panel. I was beginning to think I was losing my mind.

  34. Larry December 5, 2014 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    I have Lightroom 4.4 When I edit and do Ctrl+E I do not have a pop up window like I used to ask me what I want to do it just goes straight to Photoshop….Where is my pop up window.

    NOTE: I just installed all of this on a new computer…everything worked on the ” old” machine

    • Laura Shoe December 12, 2014 at 9:09 am - Reply

      You won’t get the popup asking if you want to edit the original, etc. if you are opening from a raw file, Larry. In this case, Lightroom has to edit a copy with your Lightroom adjustments applied.

  35. Keith Benoist January 1, 2015 at 11:58 am - Reply

    Nice video Laura, thank you again. Here’s one I cannot seem to un-Earth. Earlier today my File Handling component of the Import Module vanished and I cannot find anything anywhere about anyone else having this problem, nor can I figure out how to restore it. Any guesses?

    Thank you again,

    Keith Benoist

  36. Keith Benoist January 2, 2015 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Hi Laura, it took me a day but I found one must right click at the bottom of the right of the screen to restore the “File Handling” option in the Library Module when importing, should the File Handling option disappeared, which mine did inexplicably at some point yesterday. I watched your video on this but not sure if you covered this one issue.

    Thanks for all your help,


  37. Shannon January 25, 2015 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    My highlight slider is gone in my basic panel. When I hover over the value it gives me a double sided arrow that I can use to increase or decrease the value or I can click in the window and manually type in a value but my slider is GONE!!!! HELP!

    • Laura Shoe January 29, 2015 at 10:21 am - Reply

      I’m not sure, Shannon – I’d post on, and include a screenshot.

  38. Stephanie January 29, 2015 at 7:25 am - Reply

    Hi Laura, I’ve just upgraded from LR 3 to LR 5 and followed your tutorial on ‘upgrading’ the catalogues all with no issue. I have just come to start to have a play in the new develop module and I have noticed that there are no changes at all present from LR3 to 5, ie under the Basic panel there is still the following sliders – Exposure, Recovery, Filly Light, Blacks etc. I know that in subsequent versions these have been replaced with ‘highlights’, ‘shadows’ etc so I am confused as to where all the new features are. Any clues??

  39. smartprague February 3, 2015 at 2:09 am - Reply

    Really useful video. Thank you. the niggle with Lightroom I have is in the develop module. If I crop, or paint an adjustment, when I finish there is no “Done” button. I can press return and that does the job, but isn’t ideal. I have probably hit a short cut and not noticed, but cannot find a way of undoing it. I use Lightroom on the iMac, but still managed to follow all the shortcuts etc in your video.
    Thanks again.

    • Laura Shoe February 11, 2015 at 1:26 pm - Reply

      You have lost your toolbar – type T to get it back. You can also click back on the tool icon to close it, or click on Close in the tool option section.

  40. Beata March 9, 2015 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    Dear Laura,

    What a wonderful tutorial. F key was really enlightening!

    I still have a question. I am missing something you didn’t mention… I imported photos, having them in my library but when I click Develop tab there is nothing. Photos also don’t show in my slider below the library… I would truly appreciate quick response from you Laura or anyone who knows the answer asap! THX!

    • Laura Shoe April 15, 2015 at 3:24 pm - Reply

      Hi Beata, I apologize for the delay. If you still have the issue, have you selected a folder or collection in the Library module and do the photos show in the grid? If so, I don’t know what the issue would be – I would post on for assistance.

  41. Caroline Poh April 19, 2015 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    Hi, Laura.

    What a great website! Thank you so much for this tutorial. My quick develop bar went missing and I was working on my photography assignment. You saved my day!



    • Laura Shoe April 21, 2015 at 4:02 pm - Reply

      I’m happy to hear it, Caroline!

  42. Beth Roach April 26, 2015 at 7:04 am - Reply

    I have spent days reviewing this video and trying everything I could think of but I am still stumped! I have a MacBook Pro computer, my ‘luminance, noise, and reduction panel went missing. I hit the option button while the pointer is placed over a panel and instead of getting the panels that you can check to open, I continue to get the ‘reset button’. What am I doing wrong?

    • Laura Shoe June 3, 2015 at 3:56 pm - Reply

      Hit the Ctl button instead of the Opt button when you click on another panel header, Beth.

  43. rhonda April 27, 2015 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    My ‘Previous’ button is missing in Develop mode. It now says ‘Sync’. Any ideas?

    • Laura Shoe June 3, 2015 at 3:55 pm - Reply

      Sorry for the delay, Rhonda, but it changes from Previous to Sync when you have multiple photos selected. Click in the gray border of the thumbnail of the photo you want to work on in the filmstrip to deselect all others.

  44. Jamiey May 16, 2015 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Hi There Laura! thank you for the turorial, its great! I have a quick question. I just bought some templates but I don’t have a template browser panel. How do I get that onto the left hand side of lightroom? thank you!


    • Laura Shoe June 3, 2015 at 3:21 pm - Reply

      If you’re in one of the output modules (Book, Slideshow, Web or Print) that should have a templates panel, right-click on another panel header there, such as Collections, and choose Template Browser.

  45. Raul Antoniano May 24, 2015 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Thank you very much! I was really pist because I coul not find “whites” and “blacks” in my Basic panel. Now, thanks to you, I am happy again with my Lightroom 6.

  46. Chris Barry June 11, 2015 at 7:51 am - Reply

    Thank you SO much for this video. I was going crazy trying to get my Basic panel back!

  47. Michael Redbourn July 2, 2015 at 11:56 am - Reply

    Really helpful thanks and I will check out some of your other tutorials.

  48. erika July 13, 2015 at 10:01 am - Reply

    thank You!!! i was freaking out!!! 🙂

  49. Jackie Donnelly August 29, 2015 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    Just wanted to say “thank you!!” for this video. I had been missing a couple of panels in my Develop module for a few hours and was really starting to get frustrated because I have photos that need to get to my clients. I was able to retrieve them through your advice on this video. Thank you so much! (And my clients will be happy I can work. HA!) You save me a night of complete frustration. 🙂 Cheers!

  50. Kylie October 16, 2015 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    So helpful!! Found exactly what I needed (even though I wasn’t sure of the name) definitely book marking this page for the future! Thank you so much!

  51. Ramana November 15, 2015 at 1:51 pm - Reply


    Suddenly in my installation of lightroom 5, the icons for Crop, Spot Removal etc are appearing very small in height. Also the length of adjustment brush has increased.
    how do I restore this back to previous setting?


  52. Cheri November 23, 2015 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    Very informative! However, I have somehow made my Presets side panel completely disappear. I can click on Collections, Folders, etc. It does not show up there. Nor does it show up in Window/Panels.
    I have no idea how to get it back on my work area. They are still in my presets folders but I can’t get them back to the panel. Does that make sense?
    Please Help.

    • Laura Shoe November 23, 2015 at 6:52 pm - Reply

      If you are seeing Collections and Folders in the left panel strip, Cheri, then you are in the Library module, not the Develop module where the Preset panel is.

  53. Sarah December 9, 2015 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    Hi Laure,
    Your video is great but what happens when in library view the only panel is the navigator? This is my situation in LR 5.2. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

    • Laura Shoe December 10, 2015 at 7:16 pm - Reply

      That’s not supposed to be possible, Sarah. I’d suggest posting on the Adobe Lightroom forum or for troubleshooting assistance.

  54. Charles Jones December 19, 2015 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the help. Don’t know what people like myself would do without people like you!

  55. Ronel Broderick January 13, 2016 at 10:37 am - Reply

    Please help me my TEMPLATE BROWSER in the Print Module are missing, i was trying to load some templates when it happens, how can i get the browser back?

    Thank you for your super video


    • Laura Shoe January 27, 2016 at 8:56 pm - Reply

      Right-click on the Collections panel name and choose Templates, Ronel.

  56. Laura January 20, 2016 at 3:05 am - Reply

    Thank you so much, panic over!!

  57. Melissa February 2, 2016 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    Thank you! My toolbar disappeared a while ago and I couldn’t figure out how to get it back. This video definitely helped me! Thank you!

  58. Debbie February 7, 2016 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    Thank you so so much~ I have been trying to find my basic panel for awhile!

  59. David Jenkins February 8, 2016 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    Thanks a heap for this really clear and simple explanation.
    I’ve coming over from Aperture and the simplest things seem to elude me as i try to continue on my work, and unlearn to relearn.
    Could not figure out where the rating and colour and flag had gone. So simple.

    Enough to make me go on and buy your training.

    Great work.

  60. Duarte Macedo February 18, 2016 at 2:55 am - Reply

    Very useful.
    Thank you so much Laura.

  61. Al Hillman March 21, 2016 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    Lots of great info,
    what happened to the File handeling box in LR cc

  62. Fe April 4, 2016 at 8:11 pm - Reply


  63. Lina Patterson May 3, 2016 at 8:48 am - Reply

    I have Lightroom 5.7. the star ratings and information no longer appear on the thumbnails.
    I have gone into Library View Options and followed directions to have them back in place but it hasn’t worked .I still don’t have the star ratings and info showing up on thumbnails. I have clicked “show rating footer” and “include rotation buttons”
    Thank you for your advice.

  64. Linda patterson May 3, 2016 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    I have solved my problem. I had decreased the size of the thumbnails and when you do that all info disappears. I remembered I could make them larger and then all the info and ratings appeared.

    • Laura Shoe May 3, 2016 at 8:44 pm - Reply

      Hi Linda, I don’t it is thumbnail size, directly. You were in “collapsed view”, which hides information around the thumbnails (and does make them smaller). Hitting “J” once or twice switches it to “expanded view”, with more information showing.

      • Linda patterson May 3, 2016 at 11:08 pm - Reply

        Yes your tutorials are very helpful , but I had tried hitting J so many times and changing all the settings in preferences. and none of them changed the thumbnails. and switching to expanded view and collapsed view. It wasn’t until I remembered that I could make the thumbnails bigger by moving my curser over the bottom of the lightroom screen till I found that certain line that allowed them to become small or big t that I got the info. back. I was so relieved. because it does make the work easier when you can see your stars and info.
        Thanks for your consideration of my problem and I was happy to find your site.

        • Laura Shoe May 4, 2016 at 9:28 am - Reply

          Turns out we were talking about two different things, Linda. There are thumbnails in the Grid, which is the center area, and thumbnails in the Filmstrip at the bottom. Changing thumbnail size in the Grid does not reveal or hid the stars. Changing the Filmstrip size and the size of its thumbnails does hide or reveal stars, flags, and badges.

  65. Angie May 15, 2016 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Thank you! My 8 month old daughter banged around on my keyboard while I was tending to something else and my basic panel disappeared! This was SO MUCH HELP!


  66. Rachel Lock May 25, 2016 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    Thank you for a great tutorial! Helped me when I was in a crunch :))

  67. John Karns June 27, 2016 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    I have LR 5.7. Everything works fine, however, no Tone Curve. I have tried pushing just about every button possible. Please help me find it.

    • Laura Shoe July 2, 2016 at 12:09 pm - Reply

      Hi John, this is a missing panel and is covered at 00:50 in this video. It is also covered in this blog post.

  68. ulrika July 5, 2016 at 6:21 am - Reply

    thank you!!! My basic bar was gone, but you showed me how to get it back. brilliant!

  69. Mey July 11, 2016 at 10:53 am - Reply

    Thank you for an excellent video! I updated my lightroom cc and now when I’m in Develop under the Lens Correction I only see the “profile” and the “Manual” tabs. I’m missing the tabs “basic” & “color” help! thx.

  70. kate July 19, 2016 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    this post has saved me more than once. this is the third time i’ve found myself here via google. thanks SO MUCH for sharing all these tips

    • Laura Shoe July 20, 2016 at 2:06 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome, Kate! Next time start on my site ( and use the search box in the top right corner to find a subject. 🙂

  71. Warren July 22, 2016 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    Thank you. The answer was easy; I just had to find you.

  72. jo August 10, 2016 at 3:17 am - Reply

    Thank you !

  73. Joanne K August 20, 2016 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    Hi Laura, I’ve been using Lr for ages but recently had an issue I couldn’t seem to fix. Thanks to your video I had the answer in seconds! The reason it was seconds and not minutes, is that you indicated at what point in the video that each problem would be addressed. I went directly to 2:15 and there it was. Thank you!!!

    • Laura Shoe September 10, 2016 at 10:01 am - Reply

      You’re welcome, Joanne!

  74. Gina October 18, 2016 at 9:06 am - Reply

    Thank you, Laura! You’re a life saver!

    • Laura Shoe October 21, 2016 at 10:45 am - Reply

      You’re welcome, Gina!

  75. Roger Cameron October 31, 2016 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    I use LR 5.6 The function that displays the before and after versions of the image has disappeared including the triangle (?) where you can turn it on and off. I realise \ can be used but this does not show both images simultaneously \.

    • Laura Shoe November 1, 2016 at 10:55 am - Reply

      The bar underneath the photo, Roger, is called the toolbar. If yours has gone missing, type “T” to reveal it. The Y|Y before/after button is in this toolbar.

  76. Beth November 30, 2016 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    I spent two weeks trying to get my grid back. Just type ‘t’. Thank you!

    • Laura Shoe December 5, 2016 at 4:57 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome, Beth! Also, “G” for grid.

  77. Tina Gartley December 3, 2016 at 9:53 am - Reply

    Hi Laura: I just upgraded to Lightroom CC. The paint can feature that I used to keyword pics was missing from the tool bar. I’ve been a photographer for a long time and I felt crazy for not being able to find this simple resolution. I searched online for a full day to find out how to restore that feature. Video’s, Adobe webite, written tutorials and not one said to hit “t” to restore that toolbar. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your simple, useful tutorial. I made some notes in case some of my other features go missing in action. ( :

    • Laura Shoe December 5, 2016 at 4:55 pm - Reply

      I’m happy to hear it, Tina – thank you for your note!

  78. Carol Foote December 8, 2016 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! What a help!!

    • Laura Shoe February 6, 2017 at 2:53 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome, Carol!

  79. Sid December 15, 2016 at 9:21 am - Reply

    hey laura,I have recently upgraded my lightroom to v6.1 and there is a problem that I can’t use the loupe view in develop mode.. it shows a blue box with white cross sign ..plz help

    • Laura Shoe December 19, 2016 at 10:50 am - Reply

      Go into Preferences, Sid, and on the Performance tab turn off GPU acceleration.

  80. Annaleisa Friednash January 28, 2017 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Hi Laura,

    Under Print, I cannot remove the background’s border. Online I see that I can change this under “Layout” but I am missing my “Layout” tab and cannot find it anywhere. Can you please help? Thank you so much!

    • Laura Shoe February 1, 2017 at 11:01 am - Reply

      Hi Annaleisa, missing panels are covered at 0:50.

  81. Militza Maury February 22, 2017 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    Ah! there it is. Ha! I spent the last hour wondering where my panel went. This tutorial was exactly what I needed – thank you so much

    • Laura Shoe February 28, 2017 at 2:01 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome, Militza!

  82. Julie March 28, 2017 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    First time I’ve seen this. I edited a file in Luminar plugin as a tiff file. Updated to Library. There is no histogram for it. When I made a virtual copy, there is a histogram, but not for the master file. Histogram exits for all other versions of this image, i.e. the original DNG and the jpeg export.
    What’s up with that?

    • Laura Shoe March 30, 2017 at 3:13 pm - Reply

      I suspect that the TIFF is not in an RGB color space, Julie – probably CMYK.

  83. Melissa March 29, 2017 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    “T” for toolbar. You’re awesome! Thank you for this video.

    • Laura Shoe March 30, 2017 at 3:12 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome, Melissa!

  84. Adriana Groisman April 11, 2017 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    I’m missing my file handling panel on the library section when I need to import my photos. How do I restore it in my interface? Thank you.

    • Laura Shoe April 11, 2017 at 8:38 pm - Reply

      Hi Adriana, missing panels are covered at 0:50 in the video. Note that you will only see File Handling when you are in the Import dialog, not in the Library module.

  85. Robert Jenkins April 19, 2017 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    I have LR 5-6, I am missing several options unde the “WB” dropdown menu (only 3 options are shown).
    Also, on the “Lens Profile” only very few lens selctions are shown (where before I got a long list of Nikon lenses).
    Please help me to recover the missing options

    • Laura Shoe April 19, 2017 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      Those are only available with raw files, Robert, not JPEGs.

  86. Mitch Johnson April 27, 2017 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    I have LR CC and in the “Lens Corrections” module under “Manual” the -Vertical, -Horizontal etc have been replaced with -Distortion, -Defringe & -Vignetting. How do I get back to the individual adjustments? I watched your video and learned a bunch but tried all your tricks to no avail.


    • Laura Shoe April 27, 2017 at 9:54 pm - Reply

      They are in the Transform panel now, Mitch, right above or below Lens Corrections.

  87. beekay76 June 23, 2017 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Thank you!! Within a minute of watching your video I found my missing basic panel. I appreciate it very much!

    • Laura Shoe June 28, 2017 at 3:42 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome!

  88. Glenn June 25, 2017 at 4:24 am - Reply

    Thanks, solved my problem expeditiously.

  89. abhijeet June 30, 2017 at 5:16 am - Reply

    Thanks a Ton.. your video is very helpful

    • Laura Shoe July 16, 2017 at 2:56 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome, Abhijeet!

  90. Ron Heptinstall July 2, 2017 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    The targeting tool in HSL does not work, it shows a magnifying glass.

    • Laura Shoe July 3, 2017 at 9:26 am - Reply

      That’s a bug, Ron, that will hopefully be fixed in the next update.

  91. Mac July 20, 2017 at 1:10 am - Reply

    Hello Laura, I have a problem with filters like flag, rating and etc. I can’t access them and I am not able to see all of the flagged or rated photos because there’s nothing that I will be able to click simply because they are missing. can you help me? thanks.

    • Laura Shoe July 20, 2017 at 12:17 pm - Reply

      You’ll find filters in the filmstrip (in the top right) or above the grid. If you don’t see the filter bar above the grid, go to View>Show Filter Bar or type \.

  92. Stephanie Skiff August 10, 2017 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for this video. I was missing the Transform Panel in the Develop Module and I got it back after watching your video and learned several other things too. Yeah!!!

    • Laura Shoe August 15, 2017 at 4:50 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome, Stephanie!

  93. Mikey August 31, 2017 at 8:13 am - Reply

    In 50 seconds I found my missing bar! Thank you for posting and the simple, useful expalainations!

    • Laura Shoe September 2, 2017 at 1:54 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome, Mikey!

  94. BObbi October 2, 2017 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    THANK you! My goodness 40 seconds and my problem was fixed! Thank you thank you thank you!

    • Laura Shoe October 3, 2017 at 9:22 am - Reply

      I’m sorry it took so long, Bobbi! 🙂

  95. Clara November 15, 2017 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    I can sync my photos in the develop module but the actual panel to select what I want to sync doesn’t show up. How do I get that back? I hit sync and nothing shows up but I can’t do anything else until I hit enter. When I press enter, it says pasting settings up in the left hand corner. So it’s obviously there, just not showing up. Thoughts?

    • Laura Shoe November 16, 2017 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      Try resetting your preferences, Clara – close Lightroom, hold down Ctl-Alt-Shift on PC or Cmd-Opt-Shift on Mac as you launch LR, then reset. You might want to make a note of your preferences before you do this though (or take screenshots of all the tabs), as it will reset them to the defaults.

  96. Luís André Sampaio December 13, 2017 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    Thanks for nice tips.

    • Laura Shoe December 31, 2017 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome, Luís!

  97. António Silva January 1, 2018 at 4:15 am - Reply

    Hi Laura
    I am working with a Lightroom catalogue with a process version of 2010, but using now LR5. As expected when I develop some photos, the notification within the Develop module about availability of a new process version apears but I cheked “Don’t show again” inadvertently.
    How do I make LR5 to show that notification again.

    • Laura Shoe January 7, 2018 at 12:45 pm - Reply

      Go into Preferences, António, and on the General tab click on Reset All Warning Dialogs.

  98. Max Alvelais November 27, 2018 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    Thank you very much, you are an angel!!!

    • Laura Shoe November 28, 2018 at 9:38 am - Reply

      You’re welcome, Max!

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