You set import preferences in the General and File Handling panels of the Preferences dialog box. You can also change some preferences in the Auto Import Settings dialog box (see Specify Auto Import settings). Finally, you specify import previews in the Catalog Settings dialog box (see Customize catalog settings).

  1. From the Lightroom Classic main menu, choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Lightroom Classic > Preferences (Mac OS).

  2. In the General preferences, specify the following import options:

    Show Import Dialog When A Memory Card Is Detected

    Allows the import dialog box to open automatically after connecting a camera or memory card reader to your computer.

    Select the Current/Previous Import collection during import

    Opens the completed import in a collection when the import process finishes.

    Ignore Camera-Generated Folder Names When Naming Folders

    Tells Lightroom Classic to not use the folder names that your camera creates.

    Treat JPEG Files Next To Raw Files As Separate Photos

    For photographers who capture raw + JPEG photos on their cameras. Selecting this option imports the JPEG as a standalone photo. If selected, both the raw and the JPEG files are visible and can be edited in Lightroom Classic. If deselected, Lightroom Classic treats the duplicate JPEG as a sidecar file, and the raw file appears with the raw file extension and +jpg.

  3. In the File Handling panel, specify the following options:

    Import DNG Creation

    Choose the type of file extension (upper-case or lower-case), Camera Raw version compatibility, and JPEG preview size for imported DNG files. For more information on DNG files and DNG creation options, see Convert photos to DNG.

    Reading Metadata

    Select the options to recognize a period ( . ) or forward slash ( / ) between keywords as designating keyword hierarchies.

    File Name Generation

    Specify which characters and spaces in the filenames of imported photos are illegal, and determine how they’re replaced.