Selecting photos in the Grid view and the Filmstrip

You select photos in the Grid view that you want to work with in the Library or other modules. The photos you select are reflected in the Filmstrip. Likewise, the specific photos selected in the Filmstrip are displayed in the Grid view.

When you select a photo, it becomes the active photo. You can select multiple photos, but only one photo at a time is the active photo. Selected photos are indicated in the grid and the Filmstrip by a thin white border and a cell color that is lighter than unselected photos. The lightest colored cell indicates the active photo.

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When multiple photos are selected, the lightest colored cell indicates the active photo.

When you have several photos selected, you can click any selected photo to make it active without deselecting the other photos. If you click a photo outside the selection, it becomes the active photo, and all other photos are deselected.

When you have more than one photo selected in the Grid view and you make changes such as applying ratings, labels, or adding metadata, those changes are applied to all of the selected photos.

When you have more than one photo selected in the Filmstrip and you’re in Loupe, Compare, or Survey view, changes such as applying ratings, labels, or adding metadata are applied only to the active photo.

Note: You can also select or deselect flagged photos in the Grid view and the Filmstrip. See Select flagged photos.
  1. (Optional) In the Library module, select items in the Catalog, Folders, or Collections panel to display the photos you want to use. If desired, specify criteria in the Library Filter bar to narrow the selection.
    Note: You can also select photos using the Keyword List and Metadata panels. Click the arrow to the right keyword count or metadata criteria. Photos that contain that tag or criteria display in the Grid view and the Filmstrip.
  2. In the Grid view or the Filmstrip, do any of the following:
    • To select a photo, click a photo thumbnail.

    • To select non-contiguous photos in the Grid view or the Filmstrip, click the first photo and then Ctrl-click (Windows) or Command-click (Mac OS) additional photos.

    • To select a photo and all photos between it and the active photo, Shift-click a photo.

    • To select all photos, choose Edit > Select All or press Ctrl+A (Windows) or Command+A (Mac OS).

    • To deselect all photos, choose Edit > Select None or press Ctrl+D (Windows) or Command+D (Mac OS).

    • To deselect all photos except the active one, choose Edit > Select Only Active Photo or press Shift+Ctrl+D (Windows) or Shift+Command+D (Mac OS).

    • To change the active photo in a group of selected photos, click a different photo thumbnail.

    • To select a new active photo and deselect all other photos in a group of selected photos, click a photo’s grid cell border.

    • To deselect the active photo in a group of selected photos, choose Edit > Deselect Active Photo or press /. The next photo in the multiple-photo selection becomes the active photo.

    • To deselect selected photos and select all the photos that were unselected, choose Edit > Invert Selection.

    When you select multiple photos, the first photo you select is the primary selection (active photo), indicated by the brighter highlighted frame.

    After selecting photos, add them to the Quick Collection to easily prepare them for printing, presenting in a slide show, assembling into a web gallery, or exporting.