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Is it possible to drag folders or photos into LR to import them?

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Oct 21, 2021 Oct 21, 2021

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As the title suggests, I'm tired of importing photos via the import function in LR, going through a dozen or more folders to get to the photos I want top edit, even though I already have the folder open in Finder/Windows Explorer.

Is there a way to just drag and drop photos/folders into LR?

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Adobe Community Professional , Oct 21, 2021 Oct 21, 2021
Yes, it’s totally possible. Have you tried it out? If you drag images from the Mac or Windows desktop, and drop then onto the Lightroom Classic application window or the application’s icon/shortcut/alias, the Import dialog box should open, already set to the folder containing the images you dragged. I do it all the time. If you don't need to change any of the settings, just click through the Import dialog box and start editing. There is no way to skip the Import step itself, because what Imp...

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Yes, it’s totally possible. Have you tried it out?

 

If you drag images from the Mac or Windows desktop, and drop then onto the Lightroom Classic application window or the application’s icon/shortcut/alias, the Import dialog box should open, already set to the folder containing the images you dragged. I do it all the time. If you don't need to change any of the settings, just click through the Import dialog box and start editing.

 

There is no way to skip the Import step itself, because what Import really means is to catalog the files in the Lightroom Classic database.

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Quote, “If you drag images from the Mac or Windows desktop, and drop then onto the Lightroom Classic application window or icon, the Import dialog box should open, already set to the folder containing the images you dragged.”

Is it necessary to have LrC already launched to perform this function?

Is it simpler to search finder/explorer to locate folders or images to import than to do that from the import dialog in LrC?

I have used Lightroom since the beta version prior the launch in 2007 and I have never attempted this option.

 

Regards, Denis: iMac mid-2015, 5K 27”, GPU 2GB, Ram 24GB, HDD 3TB, macOS 11.6.1, LrC 11.0.1, Lr 5, Ps 23.0,; Camera OM-D E-M1.

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@DdeGannes wrote:

Is it necessary to have LrC already launched to perform this function?


 

Not on the Mac, at least.

 

It’s just a variation on a standard technique that can be used with any (properly coded) application: Using drag-and-drop as a gestural alternative to the Open or Import command, and it doesn’t require the application to be running. Drag a text document onto the Microsoft Word application icon (or shortcut), Word opens with that document. Drag a JPEG file onto the Photoshop application icon, Photoshop opens with that document.

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Oct 21, 2021 Oct 21, 2021

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On my Windows 10, if I drag it to the LR icon on the desktop, it will start LR if necessary. But if I drag it to the icon on the task bar, LR will start, but it won't import the file.

 

Note that on Mac and Windows, when you drag the photos to the open LR window, LR must be in Library mode, and you must drop the photo in the center pane.

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Oct 22, 2021 Oct 22, 2021

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Thank you so much!

I tried this several times but the wrong way. I tried to drag the folder onto the develop module or on the catalog sidebar.

Works perfectly fine dragging it onto the app icon (Mac), regardless of whether LR is already running or not. Also works in the Library module.

 

Thanks again! You made my life a lot easier.

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Thanks for the info Conrad and John, good to know however I am comfortable with my present workflow.

 

Regards, Denis: iMac mid-2015, 5K 27”, GPU 2GB, Ram 24GB, HDD 3TB, macOS 11.6.1, LrC 11.0.1, Lr 5, Ps 23.0,; Camera OM-D E-M1.

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