Managing panels and the screen view

You can customize the Lightroom workspace by displaying only the panels you want or by hiding some or all of the panels to maximize the display of your photos.

Open or close a panel

 Click the panel header. To open or close all panels in a group, Ctrl-click (Windows) or Command-click (Mac OS) a panel name.

Open or close one panel at a time

 Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) on a panel header and choose Solo mode, or Alt-click (Windows) or Option-click (Mac OS) on a panel header.

Solo mode applies independently to a set of panels. The triangle in the panel header is solid when not in Solo mode.

Scroll through a group of panels

 Drag the scroll bar or use the scroll wheel on your mouse.

Show or hide panel groups

  • To show or hide a single panel group, click the Show/Hide Panel Group icon . A solid icon indicates the panel group is showing.
  • To show or hide both side panel groups, choose Window > Panels > Toggle Side Panels, or press the Tab key.
  • To hide all panels, including side panels, the Filmstrip, and Module Picker, choose Window > Panels > Toggle All Panels, or press Shift-Tab.

Set how panel groups show or hide automatically

 Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the outside edge of the panel group (beyond the scroll bar) and then choose an option:
Auto Hide & Show
Displays the panel as you move the pointer to the outside edge of the application window. Hides the panel as you move the pointer away from the panel.

Auto Hide
Hides the panel as you move the pointer away from the panel. You must open the panel manually.

Turns off automatic show/hide behavior.

Sync With Opposite Panel
Applies the same hide/show panel behavior to the left and right panels or to the top and bottom panels.

Resize the width of a panel group

 Move the pointer over the inside edge of a panel group, and when the pointer becomes a double-arrow, drag the panel.

Remove or restore a panel from a group

If you don’t use a panel often, you can hide it from view.

 Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) on any panel header in the group, and then choose the panel name.

Change the Lightroom screen mode

You can change the screen display to hide the title bar; the title bar and the menus; or the title bar, menus, and panels.

  • Choose Window > Screen Mode, and then choose an option.
  • When in Normal, Full Screen With Menubar, or Full Screen mode, press the F key to cycle through those three modes.
  • Press Ctrl+Alt+F (Windows) or Command+Option+F (Mac OS) to switch to Normal screen mode from Full Screen With Menubar or Full Screen mode.
  • Press Shift+Ctrl+F (Windows) or Shift+Command+F (Mac OS) to enter Full Screen And Hide Panels mode, which hides the title bar, menus, and panels.
  • When in Full Screen And Hide Panels screen mode, press Shift-Tab and then the F key to display the panels and menu bar.
Note: Full Screen mode and Full Screen And Hide Panels mode in Mac OS hide the Dock. If you start Lightroom and do not see the Minimize, Maximize, or Close buttons for the application, press the F key once or twice until they appear.

Turn off all settings in a panel

You can temporarily turn off all the settings in a panel of the Develop module or the filtering in the Filmstrip.

 Click the Panel On/Off icon .

Dim or hide the Lightroom interface

Use Lights Out to dim or black out the Lightroom interface so that your photo stands out on screen.

 Choose Window > Lights Out and then choose an option. You can press the L key to cycle through the three options.
Customize Lights Out in the Interface Preferences by specifying the dim level and screen color.