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I'm here at the Imagine Cup World Finals again taking pictures, and I'm using Adobe Lightroom, and I took a large number of pictures today which are garbage. I'd like a quick way of going through those images and throwing out the absolute garbage (blurry, underexposed, overexposed, etc). However, every time I hit the delete key, Lightroom keeps complaining "Do you want to delete these or merely remove them from the catalog?" -- I want to just nuke them from the collection but there doesn't seem to be an obvious way to tell it to always pick one option or another.

Is that possible?

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I don't believe you can disable it, but a really easy workflow in regards to this is:

  • The photos you would delete, mark as 'Rejected' with the 'X' shortcut key.

  • After you're all done, go to the grid view in Library, click the 'Rejected' flag to filter by rejected and delete them all in one go.

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    Even faster: Press Cmd+Backspace (probably Ctrl+Delete on Win) to automatically delete all rejected pictures ;) – eWolf Jul 9 '11 at 15:12
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    @eWolf I've always liked having the option in bulk and ctrl+backspace may be a slight second faster, but for a huge group of pictures in one go, I'd rather it ask me. – rfusca Jul 9 '11 at 15:26
  • In LR3, after rejecting your photos you don't have to change views. Just go to the menu Photo -> Delete Rejected Photos (it's the last option). – NoMoreNegatives Jul 9 '11 at 22:06
  • @rfusca It still prompts you when you click Ctrl+Backspace. – Mark Whitaker Jul 10 '11 at 8:05
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    Another refinement is to filter your grid view to show only flagged and unflagged (but not rejected) photos. Now when you hit X to reject a photo it'll disappear from view. When you're done, hit Ctrl/Cmd + Backspace: LR will now automatically switch the filter to only show rejected photos and prompt you to delete them. After you've done so, you're returned to your previous filter view: flagged & unflagged only. Perfect! – Mark Whitaker Jul 10 '11 at 8:08
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On the Mac Option-Delete seems to Remove without prompting. Note it does Remove from collection, not "Delete from Disk". You said "nuke from collection" which makes me not 100% sure which you actually want :).

Personally I would like Delete from Disk, but I can't seem to find a combination that works for that.

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On Windows you can press Alt-Shift-Delete to remove the current photo from Lightroom. Unfortunately there isn't an equivalent keypress to remove them from the disk and the key combo likewise cannot delete a group of pictures at once.

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