Set import and file-handling preferences

You set import preferences in the General and File Handling panels of the Preferences dialog box. You can also change preferences in the Auto Import Settings dialog box (see Specify Auto Import settings) and in the Catalog Settings dialog box (see Change catalog settings).

  1. From the Lightroom main menu, choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Lightroom > Preferences (Mac OS).
  2. In the General preferences, specify the following import options:
    Show Import Dialog When A Memory Card Is Detected
    Allows the import dialog box to open automatically after connecting a camera or memory card reader to your computer.

    Ignore Camera-Generated Folder Names When Naming Folders
    Tells Lightroom to not use the folder names that your camera creates.

    Treat JPEG Files Next To Raw Files As Separate Photos
    For photographers who capture raw + JPEG photos on their cameras. Selecting this option imports the JPEG as a standalone photo. If selected, both the raw and the JPEG files are visible and can be edited in Lightroom. If deselected, Lightroom treats the duplicate JPEG as a sidecar file, and the raw file appears with the raw file extension and +jpg.

  3. In File Handling panel, specify the following options:
    Import DNG Creation
    Choose the type of file extension (upper-case or lower-case), Camera Raw version compatibility, and JPEG preview size for imported DNG files. For more information on DNG files, see Convert photos to DNG.

    Reading Metadata
    Select the options to recognize a period ( . ) or forward slash ( / ) between keywords as designating keyword hierarchies.

    File Name Generation
    Specify which characters and spaces in the filenames of imported photos are illegal, and determine how they’re replaced.