If you’re using the English version of Lightroom with another language’s keyboard, some of the keyboard shortcuts might not work. You can change those shortcuts using the same TranslatedStrings.txt file that we used in the Import chapter to create custom dated folder templates.
The TranslatedStrings.txt file contains all of the translations for its language—and also includes the shortcuts. This isn’t officially supported by Adobe, but you can edit the file to reassign the shortcuts, and many users have done so without issue.
If you’re using another language, the TranslatedStrings.txt file will already be in your language’s project folder, for example ‘fr.lproj’ for French, and you’ll need to edit that file. If you’re editing an existing file, obviously back it up first! The locations of the language project files are:
Windows—C: \ Program Files \ Adobe \ Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5\ Resources \
Mac—Macintosh HD / Applications / Adobe Lightroom 5.app / Contents / Resources /
To access the Mac folder, right-click on the app and select Show Package Contents.
If you’re using the English version of Lightroom, the file and folder may not exist, but you can just create a plain text file called TranslatedStrings.txt inside a ‘en’ (Windows) or ‘en.lproj’ (Mac) folder. If you’re using another language, the file will already be in your language’s project folder, for example ‘fr’ or ‘fr.lproj’ for French, and you’ll need to edit that file. Use a plain text editor such as Notepad on Windows or TextEdit on Mac, rather than a word processor like Word. If you’re editing an existing file, obviously back it up first!
The file is long, so you’ll probably need to use your text editor’s search function to find the shortcut that you need to change. For example, to change the Decrease Rating shortcut from [ to ; you’d find the line that says “$$$/LibraryMenus/MenuShortcut/DecreaseRating=[“ and change it to “$$$/LibraryMenus/MenuShortcut/DecreaseRating=;”. It comes into effect next time you start Lightroom.
Once you’re happy with the result, don’t forget to back up your new TranslatedStrings.txt file, as it will be replaced each time you update Lightroom. If you have any problems, delete the file if you’re using the English version, or restore the backup of the other language version.