Using LR and Windows

Here is a couple of things that I learned about LR, Laptops and Windows 10.

While Microsoft has made photo codecs for every version of Windows from XP on, they apparently no longer make photo Raw codec’s for Windows 10. In their defense Microsoft does have some photo App’s available to download from it’s online “store”, but the latest Raw photo codec will not work on Windows 10.

Laptop touch pads, this may be me, because I don’t use laptops all that often. I just think if your trying to edit in LR or Photoshop, touch pads seem really hard to use. I much rather use an old fashion mouse any day of the week. It’s much easier for me to be precise with the pointer and right click when needed with a plain mouse.

Ran into an issue with LR creative cloud running on a laptop, would not recognize CR2 Raw images and import them. The only time I have seen this is with an older software version trying to import images from a newly released camera body. Not the case here since it was creative cloud licensed, and similar images from the same camera had been imported a couple of weeks earlier.

Two possibilities come to mind, one is the Raw module in LR became corrupt or LR is ok; but the Raw files on the SD card became corrupt. A new SD card with different “good” Raw images would help to determine if it was the Raw images on the first card (possibly the SD card itself). If not something with the first card, I would to try and apply any new updates again or reinstall the LR software.


  1. Shift + Tab is an easy way to toggle between seeing the image your editing as large as possible or a smaller image with all the editing tools. This works in Library and Develop modules, but not during imports. This can be handy on a laptop with a smaller screen. You can arrow through to the next image without having to leave Develop and create a slide show.
  2. In Library or Develop mode, the film strip at the bottom will list the folder name. If you are unsure of where this folder is located, from the Library module, go to folders on the left side. Simply right click with your mouse on the folder name. A menu will show up and one of the choices is “Show in Explorer”. If selected, a File Explore window will open and show you where on your PC’s hard drive those images are actually located.
  3. At the top in Tools, the “View” selection has the option to show or hide the tool bar. This isn’t the top tool bar, it’s a bar below the photo that gives you the ability to zoom in and out. Also if you are using the adjustment brush, it gives you the option to “Show Selected Mask Overlay”, which at times is nice to be able to turn off.
  4. If you’re interested in a work flow that has you only importing the keeper’s into LR, so your Catalog size stays reasonable. One way to do that is with Bridge if you happen to have it installed along with Photoshop. Bridge is a great viewer, but it also lets you set ratings.
  5. You can create a collection right in Bridge, with all the photos that you set as three stars for example. Then you can export those three star photos from your Bridge collection by dragging or saving them into a preset “Edit” folder. Next simply open LR, import all the photos from your Bridge Edit folder, and the rating you applied follows each image with the metadata.


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