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Remove from Collection greyed out - Delete image inconsistencies


New Member
Nov 14, 2009
I just figured out why I could not delete/remove images from my collection while in Library mode, because they where in a "Collection Set". The "Remove from Collection" option was greyed out. Also, since I flagged the images from within the Collection Set, when I moved to the collection they flags where no longer there - so I could not filter out which images I wanted to delete. This was very frustrating.

I did realize I could use the keyboard keys to "remove from catalog" and "disk" which is what I wanted to do, but could not remove from the collection. I also could have moved to the "All Photographs" section of the Catalog on the left panel and probably deleted them from there, but that would have loaded a lot of images!

The plight of my search and discovery was documented on this blog:


Brad Snyder

Senior Member
Nov 20, 2007
Port Deposit, Maryland USA
Lightroom Experience
Brian, welcome to the forums.

Yes, that difference in available actions between folders and collections, as well as the 'non-global' nature of pick flags causes a lot of head-scratching. Those two 'features' are by design, and there's been a tremendous amount of verbiage written on both sides of both topics.

Thanks for the link.