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In the previous movie, we looked at how we can use shortcuts in order to show or hide large areas of the interface. Well, here what I want to do is get a bit more specific. In particular, I want to take a look at how we can change the background area around our image, and also how we can start to work with the panels that we'll find on the right-hand side of the Lightroom interface. Well, let's go ahead and position our cursor over this background area, which is a light gray. To change that we can right-click, or Control+Click, and choose a different background color.
For example, let's say that we want to choose white; you can now see that the background is bright and white. And this background color, it will carry over to other modules as well, like the Develop module. If we navigate to the Develop module by clicking on the Develop module picker there, you can see that the image background is now white. We can change this by right-clicking, or Control+Clicking, and let's say we want to choose something like dark gray. And again, as we click between these two modules, you can see that that background area color, well, it carries over.
All right, well, how can we start to work with our panels? Well, for starters, we can click on these triangle icons in order to expand these panels. In this way, we can scroll up and down, and use these different controls. Yet, let's say that what we want to do is we want to expand or collapse all of these panels at once. Well, to do that, you can hold down the Command key on a Mac, or Control key on Windows, and then click on that same triangle icon. When you Command+Click or Control+Click on it, you can see it either collapses all of the panels, or Command+Click or Control+ Click it again; you can now see that all of these panels are now open.
And, you know, sometimes it's helpful to be able to have them all open, or closed, yet many times this requires that you do a lot of scrolling here, up and down, in order to find these different controls. So there's another mode that you can take advantage of, which enables you to only have one panel open at a time. This mode is called Solo mode. In order to show you that mode, I'm going to go ahead and Command+Click or Control+Click on this triangle icon, just to collapse all of those panels, so that we can see them all there.
Well, rather than Command+Clicking or Control+Clicking that triangle icon, if you press Option on a Mac, or Alt on Windows, this will give you an optional way to work with these panels. Here, when I click on that, you notice that the icon is now made up of little dots. If I go to open up another panel, it will then close whatever is open, so that I only have one panel open at a time. Well how, then, can we override this? Because let's say that we want to have the Basic panel, and also the Tone Curve panel open at the same time.
Well, you can temporarily override Solo mode by holding down the Shift key. If you hold down the Shift key, and then click on multiple panels here, you can see that I can have two, or -- if I hold down the Shift key, and click on another -- or even more panels open. Next, in order to go back to just the regular Solo mode, what you can do is click on one of those triangle icons once, and then click on it again, and by doing that, it will take you out of that mode where you have multiple panels open at one time.
All right; well, so far we've been talking about how we can expand or collapse this different panels by way of clicking, yet let's say that what we want to do is we want to access these panels and their controls by way of a keyboard shortcut. Well, let's take a look at how we can do that in the next movie.
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