• Welcome to the Lightroom Queen Forums! We're a friendly bunch, so please feel free to register and join in the conversation. If you're not familiar with forums, you'll find step by step instructions on how to post your first thread under Help at the bottom of the page. You're also welcome to download our free Lightroom Quick Start eBooks and explore our other FAQ resources.
  • Stop struggling with Lightroom! There's no need to spend hours hunting for the answers to your Lightroom Classic questions. All the information you need is in Adobe Lightroom Classic - The Missing FAQ!

    To help you started, there's a series of easy tutorials to guide you through a simple workflow. As you grow in confidence, the book switches to a conversational FAQ format, so you can quickly find answers to advanced questions. And better still, the eBooks are updated for every release, so it's always up to date.

keyboard shortcut to deselect multiple photos and return to previous 1 image selection?


Dec 18, 2012
Lightroom Experience
Lightroom Version
Lightroom Version
Operating System
Windows 10
For instance, there are 10 images in the folder and you are editing image 5. Subsequently, you select images 5,7,9 to sync settings.

How do you use Keyboard shortcuts to deselect 5,7,9 and go back to 5, or even image 6 to continue editing?

making a script to automate this, hence keyboard shortcuts will be highly preferred.

Conrad Chavez

Active Member
Nov 30, 2012
Lightroom Experience
Power User
Lightroom Version
Classic 8
There's an indirect way. It's based on the notion of there being an active ("most selected") image when more than one image is selected, and then using the shortcut for the Select Only Active Photo command. When multiple images are selected, the active image is the one with the lightest selection highlight.

In your example, if image 5 is already the active photo, it's easy: Just press the keyboard shortcut for Edit > Select Only Active Photo, which is Command+Shift+D (Mac) or Ctrl+Shift+D (Windows). All images become deselected except 5. If image 5 is not the active photo, press the left arrow or right arrow key until image 5 is the active photo. (Do not press the up arrow or down arrow key or you'll lose the selection.)

Below is a demonstration of using the left arrow/right arrow keys to change the active photo, then pressing the shortcut. It starts with four images in a discontigous selection.