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Lightroom is exporting ALL of my files at once.

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I've been using Lightroom for several years, without a problem.  Now, suddenly, when I try to export a file, instead of exporting that one file, it's exporting all 20,969 files (IN DUPLICATE!!).  It sucks that I can't find a contact number for Lightroom, so I'm trying to figure it out this way.  Any help would be appreciated.  Thank you.

 

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Lightroom is exporting ALL of my files at once.

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I've been using Lightroom for several years, without a problem.  Now, suddenly, when I try to export a file, instead of exporting that one file, it's exporting all 20,969 files (IN DUPLICATE!!).  It sucks that I can't find a contact number for Lightroom, so I'm trying to figure it out this way.  Any help would be appreciated.  Thank you.

 

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So, your Lightroom is - Lightroom (CLoud based), Lightroom-Classic or earlier version (local folder based)?

 

Sounds like you had ALL photos selected by [All Photographs] and [Ctrl+A].

In (local folder versions) You can interrupt (cancel) an export by clicking on the [x] on the progress bar.

"In duplicate" - may mean you repeated the Export.

What are your settings in the Export dialog?

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 10.0, Photoshop 22.0, Lightroom 4.0, Windows-10. Nikon DSLR.

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Thank you, and sorry for taking so long to respond, but I've been sick, and away from the computer.

I believe I have the local folder version, because they're usually saved in one of my folders.  I think you may be right about Ctrl+A, I may have inadvertantly hit that combination, believing I was doing a different function.

Where do I check the "Export dialog," and which setting should I be using?

Also, would Ctrl+A continue after I've closed and reopened Lightroom?

I really appreciate your time and help.

 

Thank you,

Jim

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It's Lightroom Classic

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Lr-Classic: Thanks!

 

I think you may be right about Ctrl+A, I may have inadvertantly hit that combination, believing I was doing a different function.

[Ctrl+A] can be very annoying if you frequently view you photos by clicking on the "All Photographs" list. [Ctrl+A] would then select EVERY photo in your catalog. (thousands!!!). View the Grid with a folder selected- [Ctrl+A] will select all the photos stored in that particular folder (and possibly any sub-folder images viewed in the grid).

[Ctrl+D] is a good shortcut to learn as it De-selects all images viewed in the grid. Then you can be more certain that only the images you now actively select are the photos you will export.

 

Where do I check the "Export dialog," and which setting should I be using?

That's an open question requiring much explaining. "which setting" depends on the 'Why' you are exporting!

The free eBooks are a great source of info to help with these basic topics.

https://www.lightroomqueen.com/

You do know that you do not have to export photos to 'Save' them, right?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAkEWfpxH7U

 

Also, would Ctrl+A continue after I've closed and reopened Lightroom?

TBMK (never had to try !) If you have selected 'all' photographs with [Ctrl+A] then, maybe, it would continue exporting ALL the selected photos until you cancel the export by clicking on the [x]

 

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 10.0, Photoshop 22.0, Lightroom 4.0, Windows-10. Nikon DSLR.
The product featured in this video is Lightroom Classic CC, previously known as Lightroom CC. For more information, please visit: https://adobe.ly/2gNcw59. ...

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