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Find Your Missing Lightroom Panels, Tools, and More

September 5, 2019

welcome everybody I’m Laura Shoe I get a
lot of emails from folks who have lost certain features here in Lightroom
interface so I thought I’d do a short video going over the most common occurrences
of this whether you’ve accidentally hit a
shortcut and hidden something in Lightroom or you’re working with Lightroom in a
lab somewhere where other people have been on the machine and hidden things you learn how to get things back first
if you find that one of your modules in Lightroom has gone missing for example I don’t see my Slideshow
module here just right-click inside any of the existing modules and
then choose the one that’s missing of course
if you don’t want a module the show you can choose that to un-check it so now
I’ve got back my Slideshow module next you can lose individual panels in Lightroom I should have here in the
library module I should have a catalog panel below my
navigator panel here so I’m going to right click on one of the
other existing panel names here in the same panel strip all right
click on folders and I can choose catalog to make it
reappear note that you cannot right click and
choose other panels from the navigator panel I’ve gotten this question a few times
with Lightroom 5 when folks have installed it they find
that they’re missing their basic panel here in the developed model I’m missing
mine so I’ll right click on the tone curve panel here and I’ll choose basic to get that back next a whole panel strip could go missing
that would happen if you accidentally click out here on the edge of the strip to
collapse it just click back in the same edge to
expand it again and that would be the case up here at the
top in the right-hand panel strip and down here at the bottom to show and
hide your film strip next you may find that
your toolbar goes missing there’s a toolbar in each
of the modules that has different tools on it if it
goes missing you’ll type T for toolbar so I’ll type T which will
hide it which may be what you did by accident
and then type T again to get it back here in gridview in the
library module the library filter bar also can go
missing so this allows you to search for your photos when you’re in gridview the backslash
key which on US keyboards is above the Enter or Return key hides this filter bar and then the
backslash key again brings the filter barback if you forget
the shortcut you can always go up to view show filter
bar notice that you also have the option
here to hide and then to show your toolbar down here
back on the toolbar if you have the toolbar but not the
individual tool that you’re looking for click on the
little downward triangle here and choose the one you want to work with
on a high resolution monitor you can display all these tools I’m
working with a low-resolution video capture so to show an additional one here I have
to select and hide one of the ones I currently
have displayed now sometimes in individual panels you
have the panel itself but you’re missing some of the settings
I’m gonna select a photo so that I have the quick develop panel
here now I know from prior experience that the quick develop panel offers more
worth than just this small set of developed controls I can see all
those by clicking on the sideways triangles to
expand these individual panel sections so
anywhere in Lightroom where you see a sideways triangle click to expand it to see what else is
offered that if you wanna collapse it again just
click on the downward triangles to collapse them finally here in
gridview I’ll point out that I’ve got information displayed above my thumbnails
here others actually two different views of
gridview one is expanded view which shows me this
information and the other is collapsed view where
that information is hidden to move from one to the other I can type
the shortcut J so J collapsed it J again brings back a little bit of information
and then J a third time brings up full expanded
view with that information now I separate blog post on view
options but how you can set this information I’m
gonna go to loop few by double clicking on a photo now I often see people working with
information displayed on their photos I think when you’re trying to evaluate
your photo or develop your photo it’s a good idea to hide that information but if it’s hidden and you’re wondering
how to get that information back you’ll type I so I typed I once to get
this setup information I can type I again to get a second set
of information and then I a third time will hide the
information completely what information displays can also be
set in view view options and again I have a separate
blog post on that topic now in any module in Lightroom you may find that your buttons to
minimize expand or close the program disappear now this is much more likely if you’re
working with Lightroom 4 or earlier in Lightroom 4 earlier if you
accidentally hit F for fullscreen you can lose these system
buttons you can also lose your Lightroom menu
bar so in that case you would type F for fullscreen once or
twice more and you would restore that information
in lightroom 5 it’s hard to make that mistake because
it takes Shift F to make that happen that’s the old full
screen mode behavior I want to jump to the developed model to
show you just a couple more examples up things that go missing and for this I’m gonna go back to this
photo here my open up my basic panel what I see is
that even though I have Lightroom 5 I don’t have my Lightroom 4 and
Lightroom 5 basic panel controls here Witcher shadows highlights whites and
blacks I still have recovery in fill light from
Lightroom 3 if we have Lightroom 5 and you wanna see the new controls
rather than continue to work with the old controls then here in the histogram either to the
left here or when the histogram expanded below you’re going to click on the Lightning Bolt this will allow you to update what’s
called the process version or the new version of controls and
technology so a quick on update and now you’ll see
I have highlights shadows whites and blacks be sure to read my blog posts and
updating process version to understand more about the
implications about doing that now let me point out the if you have
Lightroom 4 you’re not going to see a lightning bolt in the histogram what you’re gonna see is an exclamation
point in the bottom right of your photo warning you but you’re
still using the old process versions simply click on it to update now I’m a
collapse the basic panel and come down to the tone curve to cover
my last feature the goes missing here in the tone
curve I’m missing my sliders my lights, darks,
shadows, and highlight sliders because I’m
working with the point curve version above the tone curve if you don’t
see your sliders in the tone curve in you want to get back to them you’re gonna click on this little square
that moves me from the point curve version have the
tone curve to slider view so now I can slide the sliders frankly I
don’t use the tone curve nearly as much now that I have better basic panel
controls with Lightroom 4 or 5 but this little square here at the
bottom of it will move you
between slider view and point curve view I have a
separate blog post article I’m working with the
tone curve okay so those are the features that I could think of that commonly go missing if you’ve had
other experiences with missing interface features in
Lightroom put a comment in the YouTube video or below my blog post to share your
experience with others if you’ve enjoyed this video subscribe
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  • Reply Sho Barr January 12, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    I was missing my toolbar!! Dang kis LOL

  • Reply Jean-François GORNET January 15, 2017 at 1:30 am

    My filmstrip suddenly became too large and I cant't change its side. The location where you have to put the pointer to change the side doesn't appear…

  • Reply Caroline Mardon January 26, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Hi Laura
    A recent problem on my LR CC in that occasionally when I press G for Grid mode, all the information, panels and menus disappear completely and I'm left with a totally black screen and with just a grey box with the images visable in the centre. When I click the collapse triangles on the top, bottom R and L nothing happens as the text headings etc have disappeared totally. The only way I can resolve this is to close LR down and reopen. What do you think is going wrong?!

  • Reply Robin Van Acker January 29, 2017 at 11:12 am

    On my Lightroom, the tool spray removal is missing :/

  • Reply Louui February 6, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    thank you i found my tone curve lol

  • Reply Max Barker February 9, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Hi, Laura. I am missing my basic panel in lightroom 5. I have tried using command click on one of the other headers but I can not get it back. Basic does not even show up. Can you please help? Thank you.

  • Reply Allison Niccum February 13, 2017 at 3:14 am

    I am missing the grey brush button (mask button) that come up when you make a brush adjustment. how do I bring that back

  • Reply Across Australia Outback Tours - Rv DGart February 22, 2017 at 2:12 am

    Outstanding very helpful 😉

  • Reply patrick mitchell February 24, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Thanks Laura Excellent was ready to DUH WHAT DA AND WITH YOUR 1 click allis well Thanks sooo much

  • Reply JeNiGoByeBye March 6, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    I have updated my lightroom and still can not figure out why I am missing my "transform" panel. I'm working on mac. Anyone know what I need to do? Thanks in advance!

  • Reply Across Australia Outback Tours - Rv DGart March 16, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Hi Laura, I have capture Frame from a video, and on the bottom thumbnail bar, it shows how many capture frames I have capture, but i can't separate them from the video even thou i can see how many frames i have capture over the top of the thunbnail video on bottom thumbnail line, can you help, Thanks Stephen

  • Reply Michelle Bazis March 21, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Thank you Laura!

  • Reply Locashen March 23, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    you just made life 10 times easier!!! I've been using the brush to edit my photos in develop for a while now lol! thank you

  • Reply peter marquez March 30, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    thanks this was very helpful!!

  • Reply Badger220455 April 20, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Great video Laura, very helpful.

  • Reply Rich Leiendecker April 25, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    I can't find where my "DONE" button has gone! When I want to enter/include a change I need to hit the enter button on my keyboard but I'd rather click the "DONE" button that used to be on the bottom right of my screen. How can I get it back?

  • Reply Asaf Hussain April 27, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    very helpful, thank you 🙂

  • Reply Ginikachi Eloka May 18, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Thank you for this! Very helpful

  • Reply Techno Guru May 24, 2017 at 7:37 am

    i cant find my Preset option on left side please help me
    Thank u

  • Reply Christopher Benavides June 1, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Question: on the tone curve, I use to see a cross and set my points and it would assist in putting the points right in the middle of the line. Then you would adjust the points up and down depending on the look that you wanted to achieve. Now, i have an annoying arrow that when I try to set a point I have to be extremely precise in order for the point to be set right in the middle. Very annoying. Does anyone know how to get the cross back?

  • Reply Noe Garza July 11, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    Thank you, was missing my tool bar at the bottom for the longest time. Now I see the ( DONE ) button, bottom right..

  • Reply Barry Hunt August 18, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Hello Laura. I wondered where the Filmstrip went to, so I welcome your video. I will try to resuscitate the function and other frustrating aspects of Lightroom 5. It has many fine features, but it is far too 'feature rich' and complicated to set up.

    The Adobe Lightroom help/forum suggested upgrading to Lightroom CC, but I don't want to sign up to any cloud-based subscription service.. It reminds me of Apple's current cynical marketing ploys. Anyway, keep up the good work. Barry

  • Reply Santhosh Kumar Peddi August 21, 2017 at 1:45 am


  • Reply Jon Macapagal September 9, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Thank you!!
    I almost pulled all my hair out trying to find out how to make the Library Filters re-appear! Thanks thanks!!

  • Reply Julio Barillas September 22, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Thank you for your help.

  • Reply Julio Barillas September 27, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Hi Laura, I have another question for you, and please help me. A new feature in Lightroom CC pop out, "People" mode, I am not interested in using that mode and want to get out, but I do not know how. I want to go back using Lr, I read that that mode slows down your system and my version of lr is quiting all the time.
    I hope you can help me.

  • Reply Luciano Carazas October 15, 2017 at 7:10 am

    i love you thank you so much

  • Reply Koorosh Nozad Tehrani November 2, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Thank you Laura!

  • Reply John Brzezinski December 3, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Unfortunately, my new installation of LR Classic CC is not behaving properly. I just transitioned from an older laptop to a new one and discovered that the Collections and Published Services panels are missing. If I right click on the Catalog or Folders panel headers, all panel names appear in the drop down and are checked. But they are missing. Any suggestions? Thanks.

  • Reply Lyne Tetreault December 10, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    HI Laura very well explain just one I think you should also mention the click on the filter, lower right to expand or retract the stars colours and flag filters thanks

  • Reply Carolyn Kavanagh December 12, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Thank You!!!!!

  • Reply Call Me Mom December 14, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Thank you so much. The white slider disappeared upon upgrade and it was very annoying. Thank you.

  • Reply Hussein Fawzy December 20, 2017 at 10:14 am

    thank youuu so muchh

  • Reply jessie james January 7, 2018 at 2:03 am

    Top blue bar missing it has the light room on left and – Minos and X out gone???

  • Reply SOnNy2016 January 19, 2018 at 11:26 am

    thank you

  • Reply MIXTURE. LA January 22, 2018 at 7:11 am

    Thank you for this video it helped me a lot! Your the best!

  • Reply Allan Davies January 27, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Thank you Laura, I appear to have lost the ability to visualise – spots ???

  • Reply David Banks February 8, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Thank You, Thank You!!!

  • Reply Jesenia R February 10, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Very helpful, thank you.

  • Reply Michelle Westling February 23, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Thank you so much! This helped me get my tool bar back! Very useful information.

  • Reply Lottie Holm February 27, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    I can't find the "Destination" button. Can you please help me?

  • Reply Josh Atkinson March 1, 2018 at 6:20 am

    I am missing the library, development, & so on (all) panel. I don't have any drop down arrows showing on either 4 sides to get panels to pop up. Help please.

  • Reply Luis Fernandez de Castro March 2, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    To me so far, the best instructions on Lightroom that I have seen. Thanks

  • Reply LaurehMMO March 13, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    omg ty shift f got the top bar with the resize, min/max and close buttons back. i was loosing my damn mind!

  • Reply SAJAN RAJU March 18, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Thanks a lot great video

  • Reply George Ohene- larbi March 26, 2018 at 12:11 am

    I usually don't write comments but I must say this video has helped me a lot. Thank you for putting this video together. Keep up the good work.

  • Reply Hummingalong March 27, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    The 'Title' area went missing. This video did not help me figure out how to locate it so I'm still researching…

  • Reply Glenn Vanderheyden April 9, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    You saved me from having a complete mental meltdown, trying to figure out what happened to my panels. Thank you so very much.

  • Reply Buddha 99 April 11, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    THANK YOU !!!

  • Reply Giarlucan Keoff Asiatico April 20, 2018 at 7:54 am

    Very nice tutorial! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Reply Alesha and Jarryd NOMADasaurus April 26, 2018 at 12:02 am

    Thank you so much. Very helpful. One little accidental click can take away a whole tool bar. Glad I found your video. 🙂

  • Reply x3tinababydb April 30, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    Thank you!!

  • Reply Eliza Magro April 30, 2018 at 7:10 pm


  • Reply Jamie Allio May 1, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    THANK YOU!!! I was going bonkers :p

  • Reply JussJu June 7, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Idk if u still use this but thank you soooo much lol

  • Reply Anna Jaskolka June 15, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    This video was not helpful at all. What do you do when all of your modules are missing? Ive tried everything

  • Reply Joan S. Tilghman July 10, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Very helpful. Have not been working in Lightroom for awhile and couldn't locate side panels. Watched your video and voila. Thank you

  • Reply Sara Restrepo July 24, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    I dont have the modules at the top, library-develop etc. please help me find these!

  • Reply Yasuo Tornado August 6, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    What can i do if it doesn t show my temperature in K? I had there before but now it disappeared pls help…. I have lightroom 5 …. Edit: i figured it out its only on RAW but can i have wb value in K on every image? please?

  • Reply John Skinner September 1, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    I couldn't find my basics panel and your video helped me and told me some other things on top of that. Thank you so much you've been a huge help

  • Reply SuZ Hume September 2, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    My sync went missing. Where did it go? How do I get it back? Great full of info video for sure.

  • Reply E ASHLEY GREEN September 7, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    thank you this was super helpful! I was missing the bottom tool bar! Got it back because of this video!

  • Reply Santiago Caride September 16, 2018 at 10:06 am

    I'm using Lightroom 6.1 and I'm not being able to activate the Transformation panel to use the Upright tool. It doesn't show up as an option when right-clicking…

  • Reply graça sacadura September 24, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    I can't find my photos with the red color, that I put after processing them!


  • Reply graça sacadura October 1, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Thanks for your kindness but that catalogue (in my laptop) doesn't shoe any color. The laptop was in repair and now when I open it,I have your videos the LR doesn't show colors only keywords and stars.. I have your videos from LR fundamentals bought in 21/09/2011 but nothing! Anywau thans again for your reply!

  • Reply Peter Baloh October 29, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Thanks. Got the whole strip missing in the DEVELOP module and now it is back.

  • Reply Abhishek Dubey November 1, 2018 at 2:03 am

    When i click on devolop mode it will not open image for editing it shows grey box only.
    Please help

  • Reply Abdul hafsa Yashal November 3, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    hay there I have a question, I am using lightroom clasic cc and sometime my HSL pannel get freez (locked unusable) but its work good on some of pictures confused how to fix it

  • Reply Mr. Incognito November 6, 2018 at 7:31 am

    Thanks a lot. My problem is that Lightroom Classic CC (The Latest Update) doesn't show me the selected image in the Development section. It shows a gray screen instead. What can fix this problem please? Thank you.

  • Reply Benjamin Ganchegui November 23, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Thank you Laura! Lots of interesting hints and shortcuts! On my side, I recently reinstalled my Lightroom and I just found out that the "anti fog" option from "Effects" simply disappeared. Any idea how I can recover it? I did not find in your video any case that would be similar to this.
    Thanks in advance!
    Best regards.

  • Reply Lucia Hewitt December 16, 2018 at 6:22 am

    This is a great quick tutorial. Maybe somebody could tell me why I no longer have the option to set "custom" adjustment brush? I only seem to have preset ones available.

  • Reply Marjolaine Sioui December 17, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    Very well done video, thank you. However, I couln't find the solution of what have disappeared in my case in the Development mode: at the right, when I want to use the Filter Tool, and than I go to the picture to insert the filter, it doesn't show the oval borders of the filter anymore, so I can't either move it, or change the size of it. Can you help me? Thanks!

  • Reply Jess R December 21, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    There's no "basic" after I right-click on that panel 🙁

  • Reply Meto Meto December 30, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    What a fantastic tutorial, this will make my usage of LR so much easier then before. Thank you very, very much.

  • Reply lens kid January 2, 2019 at 4:20 am

    I have lost split toning in Lightroom how to get it back

  • Reply Tek Me PikCha January 2, 2019 at 5:55 am

    Thank you Laura Shoe…..all the way in 2019! lol

  • Reply Phyllis McGinnes January 4, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    When I open Lightroom, I do not have the menu bar across the top, or any side column. I have nothing to click on. How do I get those menus?

  • Reply Dookengea David January 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Hi Laura, thank you for this tips, but i can't seem to find the imported images, it's not showing on my library page after clicking the import button. Kindly help. Thank you. Thelma

  • Reply fillecajun February 18, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Wow! You solved my problem in less than two minutes! I've been frustrated for at least a month bc I couldn't find my Basic. Why didn't I think to look here before? Thanks so much!

  • Reply ArnavIG February 19, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Thank u 😊

  • Reply Kris Knowles March 10, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    thank you!!!!!

  • Reply Chris Swindells March 11, 2019 at 3:52 am

    I love you!

  • Reply Dan Waldie March 11, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    Great video. Thanks Laura.

  • Reply Oliver Gibbs March 14, 2019 at 12:12 am

    Thank you so much, for the video, my RGB values disappear, in Lightroom after using it just for a short time, any ideas anyone? 🙂

  • Reply brant sommers March 16, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Mine doesn’t show any of the panels. Library all the way through web. I right clicked nothing happened. It also doesn’t show navagator or anything on the right side. It doesn’t show import or export. Can someone please help me

  • Reply Phil Koenig March 19, 2019 at 12:53 am

    I've watched 1000's of videos on Photoshop and Lightroom and this HAS to be the most valuable one I've ever seen!

  • Reply Mirela Lilova March 24, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Thanks! You saved my Lightroom! 😀

  • Reply Jasmine Janell April 2, 2019 at 5:20 am

    There is no 'channel' option below my tone curve. Anyone know how to fix this?

  • Reply Momentusblog May 2, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Haha thank you i felt so dumb! i knew it was such a simple remedy!!

  • Reply NoNa the Pomeranians May 17, 2019 at 4:24 am

    Well, it's 2019, and your 2013 video has saved me from frustration! Thank you so much!!

  • Reply Kim Perry June 6, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    You saved my day. Thank you. I had lost "basic"

  • Reply Tahir R June 19, 2019 at 1:50 am

    My preset folder disappeared from the navigator and I right clicked to get it back but it didnt show. Does anyone know how I can fix this

  • Reply AmitBarArt June 20, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Thank you so much!

  • Reply Surachat Yaepae June 24, 2019 at 6:14 am

    Wow Thank you so much !

  • Reply yash khatri July 10, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    I'm using Lightroom classic 6 (version 7.2) and i cannot find the dehaze option. what should i do?

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  • Reply Diane Smith July 21, 2019 at 6:11 am

    Thank you Laura. A really helpful video which solved my problem of my "lost" Basic panel. I have noted the other ways to retrieve lost panels and tools. Great!

  • Reply TampaAerialMedia August 2, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Thankyou very much, you saved me some time. You have a new subscriber because of it.

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    so fackkkk this is so helpfully, oh God thanks so much @laura shoe

  • Reply Dennis Crespin August 31, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    Thank you so much for this tutorial!
    I found just what I was looking for in just a few seconds into the video, very educational and helpful

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