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Sorting Through Images Using Lightroom's Survey View

Posted by Roger Hyttinen on

This post is part of our Learning Lightroom series.


Survey View allows you to view multiple photos at the same time in a grid. This view comes in especially handy when going through a photo shoot of similar images and you need to narrow it down to the keepers.

To display several images in Survey View, select the images in the Filmstrip and then press the N key on your keyboard. To select consecutive photos, click on the first photo, hold down the Shift key and then select the last photo in the series. To select non-adjacent photos, select the first photo, hold down the Command key if using Mac OS or the Ctrl key if using Windows, and then select the additional photos.

Survey View in Lightroom

As you move your cursor over the images, a small x appears on the lower right corner of the image. Click the x to remove the image from the Survey. When you switch back to Grid View, only the remaining photos will still be selected, so you can then easily mark them using your preferred ranking system.

Quick Guide: To Use Survey View, follow these steps:

  1. In the Filmstrip or in Grid View, click the images that you want to display.
  2. Press the N key on your keyboard
    Choose View > Survey from the menu.
  1. To remove an image from the view, move your mouse cursor over the image until a small x appears on the lower-right corner of the thumbnail. Click the x to remove the image from the Survey.

Click x to remove an image

  1. When finished, tap the G key to return to Grid View. The leftover photos remain selected in Grid View, allowing you to apply a ranking to the image.

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