Set Library view options for the Grid view

The Library View Options determine how photos look in the Grid view. You can specify different combinations of elements, ranging from showing only thumbnails, to thumbnails accompanied with photo information, filters, and Rotation buttons.

  1. In the Library module, choose View > View Options.
  2. In the Grid View tab of the Library View Options dialog box, select Show Grid Extras to view information and icons in the photo thumbnail cells. (Show Grid Extras is selected by default.)

    Deselecting this option shows photo thumbnails with no additional information in the Grid view.

  3. In the Options area of the dialog box, select any of the following items:

    Show Clickable Items On Mouse Over Only

    Shows clickable items, such as Rotation buttons and flags, only when the pointer moves over the cell. Deselecting this option means that clickable items are always displayed.

    Tint Grid Cells With Color Labels

    Displays the label colors in the background of each cell.

    Show Image Info Tooltips

    Displays a description of an item, such as a photo, badge, or pick flag, when you hold the pointer over the item.

  4. In the Cell Icons area of the dialog box, select any of the following items to appear in cells:

    Flags

    Makes Pick or Rejected flags available in the upper-left corner of the thumbnail cell.

    Quick Collection Markers

    Shows the Quick Collection marker in the upper-right corner of the photo thumbnail.

    Thumbnail Badges

    Shows thumbnail badges indicating which photos have keywords, cropping applied, or image adjustments.

    Unsaved Metadata

    When you’ve added metadata or keywords to a photo in Lightroom without saving the metadata to file, the Metadata File Needs To Be Updated icon  appears in the upper-right corner of the cell area. See View unsaved metadata.

  5. In the Compact Cell Extras area, select any of the following to appear in compact cells:

    Index Number

    Shows the order number of the photo in the Grid view.

    Rotation

    Makes Rotation buttons available.

    Top Label

    Shows the top label you choose from the menu.

    Bottom Label

    Shows the bottom label you choose from the menu.

  6. In the Expanded Cell Extras area, select any of the following to appear in expanded cells:

    Show Header With Labels

    Shows the header area of the thumbnail cell. The header area can display up to four labels that you choose from the menus.

    Show Rating Footer

    Shows the footer items you select.

    Use Defaults

    Restores the Grid view options to their factory-set defaults.

  7. From the Show Grid Extras menu, choose one of the following to set the size of the thumbnail cells in the Grid view:

    Expanded Cells

    Displays the most photo information available in the Grid view, including a header with up to four metadata labels.

    Compact Cells

    Displays smaller cells with less photo information so that more thumbnails are visible in the Grid view.

Change the Grid view options

You can quickly change the Grid view options by choosing from the Grid View Style menu. The views are based on the default or custom view options set in the Library View Options.

  • In the Grid view, choose View > Grid View Style and choose any of the following:

    Show Extras

    Shows or hides cell extras set in the Library View Options.

    Show Badges

    Shows or hides keyword tags, cropping, and image adjustment badges.

    Compact Cells

    Shows compact cells in the Grid view.

    Expanded Cells

    Shows expanded cells in the Grid view.

    Cycle View Style

    Cycles through the different views available in the Grid View Style menu.

Set Library view options for Loupe view

The Library View Options determine what information displays with your photos in the Loupe view. You can specify two different sets of information.

  1. In the Library module, choose View > View Options.
  2. In the Loupe View tab of the Library View Options dialog box, select Show Info Overlay to display information with your photos. (Show Info Overlay is selected by default.)

    Deselecting this option displays photos with no information overlay in the Loupe view.

  3. In the Loupe Info 1 and Loupe Info 2 areas of the dialog box, use the menus to choose what displays in the two Info Overlays in the Loupe view. You can select up to three items in each overlay, including the filename, metadata, or no data.
  4. Select Show Briefly When Photo Changes to briefly display the Info Overlays only when photos change in the Loupe view.
  5. Under General area of the dialog box, select Show Messages When Loading Or Rendering Photos to display overlays in the Loupe view during a process.
  6. From the Show Info Overlay menu, choose Info 1 or Info 2 to select the currently active Info Overlays in Loupe view.

Change the Loupe view info overlay

  • In the Library module, choose View > Loupe Info and then choose any of the following:

    Show Info Overlay

    Displays the Info Overlay specified in the Library View Options.

    Info 1

    Displays the Info 1 Overlay.

    Info 2

    Displays the Info 2 Overlay.

    Cycle Info Display

    Cycles through the two Info Overlay sets.

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