Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Keyboard shortcuts, part of Getting Started with Lightroom 4.
I think you'll find that for the most part the various features in Lightroom are relatively easy to discover. For example you can navigate around the panels and explore the various controls that are availalbe. And so it's relatively easy to find the things you need when you're working on your images. That said, it can be much more efficient to use keyboard shortcuts from time to time. Some of those keyboard shortcuts are very obvious. For example, on the Film Strip to move to the previous image you can press the Left Arrow Key and to move to the next image you can press the Right Arrow Key.
But some keyboard shortcuts aren't all that obvious. Learning more keyboard shortcuts can help you work more efficiently, and fortunately Lightroom includes a feature that makes it easy to learn a variety of different keyboard shortcuts. These keyboard shortcuts are organized by Module. Right now I'm in the Library Module, for example. So, if I go to the Help menu, I'll see an option called Library Module Shortcuts. The best part is that even this option includes a keyboard shortcut. We can tell that there's a keyboard shortcut, because over on the right side of the menu, I see a Ctrl + slash. On Macintosh, this would be Cmd + slash.
That tells me that if I press Crtl + slash or Cmd + slash that will bring up the Library Module Shortcuts. But of course I can also choose this menu command directly. When I do so, we'll see an overlay that shows me all of the keyboard shortcuts for in this case the Library Module. So, I can look in each of the sections here, and look at some of the features I might like to use. For example, for Star Ratings, I can set the rating using the keys 1 through 5. 1 for a one star rating, 2 for a two star rating, etc. So, I can review this list and look for commands that I use on a regular basis, and then just learn the keyboard shortcuts for those key commands. To dismiss this overlay, we can simply Click.
I'll go ahead and switch to the Map Module for example, and then from the Help menu I can choose Map Module Shortcuts, and that will bring up a list of the shortcuts that are available within the Map Module. In this way I can review the keyboard shortcuts for all of the modules, looking for those that I'm most likely going to use frequently. I don't recommend trying to learn all of the keyboard shortcuts in Lightroom, but rather focusing on those tasks that you'll perform on a regular basis and learning the keyboard shortcuts for those tasks.
- Getting to know the Lightroom interface
- Establishing Lightroom preferences
- Using catalogs
- Importing images
- Image review
- Identifying and locating images
- Optimizing and sharing images