This post is part of our Learning Lightroom series
If you find yourself needing to work through a large volume of images quickly, then you may wish to turn on the Auto Advance feature. What this does, is once you’ve added a star, label or flag to an image, Lightroom automatically advances to the next image in the folder. This is the case whether you’re adding a new rating or updating an existing rating.
To turn the Auto Advance feature on or off, choose Photo > Auto Advance from the menu. You can also turn on Auto Advance by pressing the Caps Lock key. Auto Advance will remain activated until you press the Caps Lock key again.
If you want to turn on Auto Advance only temporarily, hold down the Shift key and then press the keyboard shortcut for the flag you want to add. For instance, if you held down the Shift and the 3 key, Lightroom would apply a 3-star rating to the image and automatically advance to the next image. Once you release the Shift key, Auto Advance becomes disabled.
To Enable Auto Advance, do this:
- Select Photo > Auto Advance from the menu to toggle Auto Advance on or off (a checkmark next to it on the menu indicates that it is active)
Activate the Caps Lock key on your keyboard.
- Add a flag, star or label to an image to automatically advance to the next image.
- To temporarily activate the Auto Advance feature, hold down the Shift key and then hit the keyboard shortcut for the rating you wish to apply. Release the Shift key when finished.