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Lightroom >

Slideshow Module >

1 - Basics


Impromptu Slideshow

You can play an impromptu or temporary slideshow in any module.

Select previews if you don't want to include every photograph.

Then go to Window > Impromptu Slideshow.

Or, press Ctrl + Enter (Windows) or Cmd + Return (Mac).

The slideshow uses the the current settings in the Slideshow module.

Slideshow Playback Commands

Right Arrow


Left Arrow

Moves back


Pauses and resumes



Let's make a basic slideshow.

Do the following.

Select & Organize

1) Press g to go to the Library module.

2) Select several previews by holding down Ctrl and clicking on them.

3) Create a collection and place the photographs in the collection.

4) Go to the Slideshow module.

The previews are located in the Filmstrip panel at the bottom of your screen.

View Options

5) To enlarge the previews, place your cursor at the top of the Filmstrip panel.

When the cursor changes to a double arrow, click and hold, and move your mouse up.

6) You can also view the previews in the work area.

Press g to go to grid view.

Press e to return to loupe view.

7) To change from one photograph to another, use the arrows below the work area.

Or, mouse over the slide-number text on the right end of the Tool bar.

Click, hold, and move your mouse to the left and right.


8) To change the order of the previews:

• Press Ctrl + d to deselect the previews in the Filmstrip panel.

• Click and hold on a preview and move it between two other previews.

You must click and hold on the image in the preview—not on the preview's border.


Your photographs are in a collection.

If they were in the following locations, you wouldn't be able to rearrange your photographs in the Slideshow module:

• Smart collection

• All Photographs or Previous Import in the Catalog panel of the Library module


9) Select a template in the Template Browser panel on the left side of your screen.

When you mouse over a template, it's seen above in the Preview panel.

From Adobe:

Caption and Rating

Centers the photo on a gray background with rating stars and caption metadata visible.

Crop To Fill

Displays the photos full screen. Portions of the images (especially vertical images) might be cropped to fill the screen’s aspect ratio.


Centers the photo on a gray background with rating stars, filename, and your identity plate visible.

EXIF Metadata

Centers photos on a black background with rating stars, EXIF information, and your identity plate visible.


Displays the full frame of each photo, adding black bars to fill the aspect ratio of the screen.

Preview or Play

10) Open the Playback panel on the right side of your screen, and deselect Repeat, if you wish.

11) To view your slideshow, click Preview or Play in the lower-right corner of your screen.


Preview shows the slideshow in Lightroom.

There are stop, pause, and play buttons in the Tool panel below your photograph.


Play shows your slideshow, full screen, outside of Lightroom.

Press the Esc key to return to Lightroom.

Pause & Resume

Press the spacebar to pause and resume playing your slideshow.


12) Click Create Saved Slideshow, to the right, above the work area.

Or, click the plus icon in the Collections panel tab on the left side of your screen, and select Create Slideshow.


Create Saved Slideshow

a) Enter a name.

b) Click Inside.

c) By default, Lightroom designates the location for your slideshow to be inside the collection you made above.

d) Click Create.

Lightroom creates a slideshow collection.

Any changes you make to the slideshow are now automatically saved.

Save the Template

If you made changes to an existing template, you can save the changes as a new template.

Click the plus icon in the Template Browser tab on the left side of your screen.