Create and apply keyword shortcuts

Keyword shortcuts let you quickly apply one or more keywords to multiple photos. After you define the shortcut, you apply it using the Add Keyword command in the context menu, or by using the Painter tool. See Add or remove keywords using the Painter tool.

  1. In the Library module, do one of the following:
    • Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) one keyword tag in the Keyword List panel and choose Use This As Keyword Shortcut from the menu. Skip step 2.

    • Choose Metadata > Set Keyword Shortcut.

  2. In the Set Keyword Shortcut dialog box, type one or more keyword tags, separating them with commas, and then click Set.
    Lightroom provides hints as you type. To choose a keyword hint, click it in the pop-up list.

    A Plus sign (+) next to a keyword in the Keyword List panel indicates that it is part of the current keyword shortcut.

  3. To apply the keyword shortcut, select one or more photos in the Grid view or the Filmstrip, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS), and choose Add Keyword [Name Of Keyword Tag].