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Lightroom > Library Module >

5 - Library Module Panels

On the Left Side >

2 - Catalog Panel

The Catalog panel contains your catalog, which is probably in My Pictures or Pictures on your hard drive, in a folder called Lightroom.

There are up to five shortcuts under this catalog.

Shortcut #1 - All Photographs

Click to see all of your photographs

Shortcut #2 - Quick Collection

Use the Quick Collection shortcut to make a temporary collection.

Add Photographs

There are several ways to add photographs to the Quick Collection shortcut.

On Tool Bar?

No

Keyboard Shortcuts

b

Right Click Menu

Select Add to Quick Collection

Menu on Top of the Screen

No

On Preview Cell (Border)?

Click the tiny circle in the top right corner of the preview. The circle is on the image, not on the gray area.

Other & Related Methods

• Click and hold on a preview or image, and drag it to the Quick Collection shortcut. This can be done in both the Grid and Loupe views.

Delete Photographs

When viewing the Quick Collection, do one of the following to delete a photograph from the Quick Collection.

On Tool Bar?

No

Keyboard Shortcuts

b

Right Click Menu

Select Remove from Quick Collection

Menu on Top of the Screen

No

On Preview Cell (Border)?

Click the tiny circle in the top right corner of the preview. The circle is on the image, not on the gray area.

Other & Related Methods

Show, Save & Clear a Quick Collection

Do the following to show, save, or clear a Quick Collection.

On Tool Bar?

No

Keyboard Shortcuts

Show = Ctrl + b

Save = Ctrl + Alt + b

Clear = Ctrl + Shift + b

Right Click Menu

Right click on the Quick Collection shortcut in the Catalog panel

Menu on Top of the Screen

Under File

On Preview Cell (Border)?

Other & Related Methods

Target Collection

When you're using a target collection, Quick Collection is inoperable.

Shortcut #3 - Previous Import

Click to see your last import.

Shortcut #4 - Already In Catalog

This shortcut appears when you're importing, and some of the photographs have already been imported.

Shortcut #5 - Previous Export As Catalog

This shortcut appears after exporting as a catalog.