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    Is there a "master switch" to temporarily turn off all processing in a set of photos?

    Are you shooting JPEG? If not, the initial state is not "exactly how the image came out of the camera". There's no such concept for a raw file. If you're shooting raw, the closest you can come to that idea is to extract the embedded previews from the raw files.
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    Does Lr keep track of exported photos

    Welcome to Lightroom Forums, sorry it was trouble that brought you here... Lightroom has no knowledge of exported photos. So you're right, moving exported photos to the trash should be harmless enough. (You can also just export over them a second time; you would be prompted for whether you...
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    output jpg with caption on image

    Wouldn't viewing them in Fullscreen (press F) accomplish the same thing as using them as your Windows background?
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    Can setting a label be made to export?

    Do you want assigning the label to immediately trigger an export? Or are you asking whether you can select too many photos, then have the Export process skip all those that don't have the label? If the former, no. If the latter, no, not really, but you can certainly filter for the label...
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    So Where do I post a general question about a Lightroom Problem.

    Right, but can you cause it to get stuck, so when your mouse is NOT hovering over the filmstrip, it still shows the wrong photo?
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    Unwanted automatic cropping

    What a great success story. Thanks for sharing!
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    Brightness value in LR

    One of the examples given in the Exif specification is that you can tell whether the photo was shot in darkness, and therefore look for noise that you might wish to correct in post. But you can tell that yourself from the ISO/aperture/exposure time triad, so I'm not sure it's of any real...
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    So Where do I post a general question about a Lightroom Problem.

    This is a known bug that I've reported at least twice -- the picture shown in the Navigator is different than the selected photo while working in the Develop module. Switching modules to Library and back to Develop doesn't fix it, but mousing over filmstrip does. I have never found a way to...
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    Brightness value in LR

    This is the value of the Exif field "Brightness" or "BrightnessValue". It represents the camera's assessment of scene brightness in APEX units. There's a very brief explanation in Appendix C of the Exif 2.3 specification.
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    Imported 7D Videos Suffer from Random Pixellated Distortion--Help!

    You're welcome! And don't feel bad, I wouldn't have been able to identify the issue quickly had others not done exactly the same thing many times before. :-)
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    Sub-folders Don't Copy

    No, that's not what you wanted. You re-imported. Re-importing is almost never the right answer to any Lightroom problem. By doing so you've lost some information about your files, like collection memberships, virtual copies, Develop history, and stacks. Did you import into your existing catalog...
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    Imported 7D Videos Suffer from Random Pixellated Distortion--Help!

    I don't think the 3.0 reader in a 2.0 port is likely to be the problem, but things like bad readers and bad cables have been known to cause similar problems in the past. I think it's unlikely Lightroom is at fault. Here's Apple's page on running diagnostics:
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    Imported 7D Videos Suffer from Random Pixellated Distortion--Help!

    Those look like corrupt files, or less likely, bad RAM. I would back everything up right away, then run system diagnostics. Another possibility, surprisingly common, is that the files were corrupted in the process of copying them from the card. Are you copying straight from the camera or...
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    Sub-folders Don't Copy

    You're making it more complicated than it needs to be. No need to export, you can just move the files from hard drive to the other. There are two ways to do this, both pretty easy: outside Lightroom and inside Lightroom. To do this outside Lightroom, just copy the folders from the old...
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    Match Total Exposures in LR

    You're welcome, glad to help!
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    How to filter photos that do not have a LR XMP node?

    Lr should only touch the files that need touching -- it won't write out all 49,000 of them. (Test this by selecting one file, make a modification, write it out by pressing Command-S, check the modification date, then wait a minute, press Command-S again and check the date again.) That said, it...
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    How to start using the back-up HDD as the main catalog HDD?

    I'll reiterate the first answer: Do not re-import! The simplest way might be to rename HDD2 to assume the name HDD1. On MacOS 10.9 Mavericks you can just do this in the Finder. You might then need to restart Lightroom (not sure if it'll notice the rename automagically). The second-simplest way...
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    Lightroom automatically making virtual copies when I try to edit

    Welcome to Lightroom Forums. I'd guess you're working in Soft Proofing mode in Develop -- press S to turn it off. However, your profile indicates you're using LR 3.0. If so, that's not it, because 3.0 didn't have soft proofing, so please clarify exactly when you see the virtual copy being...
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    Question in regards to History dissappearing

    There's no need to point LR to the backup copy, then -- if you're sure you've got backups, you can just remove the primary copy of the folders and let LR think they're missing, then put them back when you need them. That should work fine. LR will happily stay that way forever; it won't...
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    Question in regards to History dissappearing

    Nothing wrong with this; I work in a similar fashion sometimes. But it looks like in this case, rather than deleting the files/folders outside of Lightroom, you deleted the files (not the folders) within Lightroom. I can tell because the file counts are zero for each of those folders. In the...
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    Match Total Exposures in LR

    Yes, Match Total Exposures is exactly what you're looking for. Adjust the Exposure slider for one of them to taste, then select the other two (with the first still the active photo) and then do Match Total Exposures. It will adjust the Exposure slider for the other two so that the total exposure...
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    sharpening Fuji X files with NIK sharpener pro?

    I rented an X-E2 for a vacation a couple of weeks ago, which is my only real experience playing with these files. (By comparison, I've been using Nikon raw files with Lightroom for 8 years.) I find I can make the "painterly" thing happen pretty easily, but it's not that hard to back off on...
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    Resizing Algorithm- Lr5 vs. Photoshop CC?

    To be specific: Lightroom uses an adaptive bicubic algorithm, similar to bicubic/bicubic smoother/bicubic sharper, but rather than just three variations it is continuously variable. Where it is along the smoother/sharper continuum is automatically selected based on the original and target...
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    Lightroom 4.4 for Mac crashing at launch with "unexpectedly quit" error

    A segmentation fault is generally a programming error, where a program is trying to access a bit of memory that it doesn't have permission to access. In other words, most commonly caused by a bug. It is conceivable that it's caused not by Lightroom, but by some plug-in -- you might try...
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    Lightroom 4.4 for Mac crashing at launch with "unexpectedly quit" error

    Welcome to Lightroom Forums. One idea: open up the Console app (it's in Applications/Utilities) and see whether Lightroom logs anything when you start it up.