5 Replies Latest reply on May 29, 2016 4:37 AM by Woofy

    Lightroom: How to Overwrite Settings for Multiple Photos


      @I have 10s of thousands of photos to manage.  When I look a multiple photos, I see the up arrow for each indicating that the metadata have changed.  It asks me if I want to overwrite the settings on disk or import settings from disk.  From reading other discussions, I think I understand the implications.  What I want to do is to resolve the issue for multiple files.  One would expect if I clicked the up arrow (after first selecting multiple images) it would point out that if I continue the metadata for all selected files would be overwritten.  What it seems to do instead is to deselect all but the current photo, then overwrite the metadata for that particular file.  I simply don't want to do these one at a time.  I've decided I want to overwrite all, so they are all in the same condition.  Once that is done, I'll be able to manage them individually as they occur...but right now almost all of them have the right arrow.  How can I apply my choice to a range of selected photos?

        • 1. Re: Lightroom: How to Overwrite Settings for Multiple Photos
          Just Shoot Me Adobe Community Professional

          In the catalog settings dialog window check "Automatically write changes into XMP". Even if these are DNG files without that checked I have that same prompt. Once that is checked I don't get that arrow.

          • 2. Re: Lightroom: How to Overwrite Settings for Multiple Photos
            richardplondon Level 4

            Ctrl+S (save) writes metadata for all the currently highlighted images (except for virtual copies). I expect that's Command+S on Mac.


            This is a completely optional Save process, of course.


            [Where Lightroom is providing your front-end, Bridge can and should be left untouched IMO. Because actively involving both Bridge and Lightroom on the same images, is a recipe for unnecessarily messy AFAICT. A large part of LR's purpose and point, is to relieve the user from micro-managing what occurs on disk - and not, to complicate that by creating extra tasks.]


            So I agree with the other poster that turning on "Automatically write to XMP" covers this aspect perfectly fine; achieving an immediate and silent "reassurance backup" for your work, as you go along.


            (edit: this Auto option only writes the metadata for new further edits, carried out after you have turned the feature on. Prior unwritten edits, would still need to be manually written with Ctrl+S.)

            (edit 2: the way the Library module works, it may be necessary to highlight the images in Grid - multiple image - mode, rather than highlighting them in the Filmstrip while using Loupe - single image - view.)

            • 3. Re: Lightroom: How to Overwrite Settings for Multiple Photos

              I work almost exclusively in RAW (DNG), but I had just shot a rare set in JPG. For some reason LR is telling me that the metadata has been changed by another application (I haven't used any other program!!).  Following the above procedure briefly removes the arrows/notifications, but all return after a few seconds  (working in Library/Grid module).  Should it work with JPGs?

              • 4. Re: Lightroom: How to Overwrite Settings for Multiple Photos
                Jim Wilde Adobe Community Professional

                There's an intermittent bug in this area. The normal remedy is first to select all the affected files (your Jpegs in this case), do Ctrl/Cmd + S to write metadata to the files, when that's finished then from the menu bar do Metadata>Read Metadata from Files.

                • 5. Re: Lightroom: How to Overwrite Settings for Multiple Photos
                  Woofy Level 1

                  Thank you.  I'll try that.