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How to View Only Flagged Photos in Lightroom

Published: 29/07/2021

Lightroom is a massive image editing program that also allows you to keep your images in one place. However, managing a large number of images can be an intimidating task. Thankfully, Lightroom provides the flagging feature that helps you filter your images. Learning how to view only flagged photos in Lightroom makes your Lightroom workflow simpler and more efficient.

How to View Only Flagged Photos in Lightroom 

If you have been using Lightroom for your image editing needs, then you must know by now that Lightroom works on the basis of modules. The library module is where all your image collections are stored. There are many features in Lightroom to keep your images organized, one of which is ‘Flagging.’

When you flag your images in Lightroom, it helps you keep your images sorted, tidy, and easily accessible. Moreover, it also speeds up your Lightroom workflow to a much better level. In this tutorial, we will give you a deep understanding of what flags are in Lightroom and how they can help you keep your images organized.

Here, we will be giving you a step-by-step guide to the complete flagging procedure in Lightroom. We will begin by explaining what Lightroom flags are, how to flag images, and how you can view only the flagged images. Once you start using this feature, your Lightroom workflow will transform dramatically.

Introducing Flags in Lightroom

The flagging feature in Lightroom is one of the basic methods of image organization in Lightroom. By flagging your images, you can keep them organized and separated into different categories, which makes accessing and working on them much easier and quicker.

There are two different types of flags in Lightroom. You can use them as per your requirements. The different Lightroom flags include:

Picked Flags

Picked flags are for those images that you want to include in your Lightroom workflow. This is indicated by a white flag, and you can use it to highlight all your favorite photos within the Lightroom application.

Reject Flags

Reject flags are the opposite of picked flags. They are used to indicate unwanted or unneeded photos within your Lightroom collection. The images with reject flags are shown by a black-colored flag. This feature helps your Lightroom workflow by not disturbing you with unwanted images.

Now, you know the basics and different types of flags in Lightroom. Now, let’s see how they can help you in your Lightroom image organization and editing procedure. Let us start with the method of flagging images.

Flagging Images in Lightroom

The process of flagging images in Lightroom is very simple, quick, and useful. There are three different methods through which you can flag your images. Read on to know all about them, and use any method that best suits your needs.

Flagging Images Through the Library Module View Mode

Here are the steps to follow for flagging images from the library module:

  1. Launch the Lightroom Classic application on your computer. 
  2. When you initiate the application, you will enter the Library module, which holds all your image collections. You will be able to see all your images in your workspace.
  3. Now, right-click on any photo that you want to flag. This will open a popup menu for you. In this menu, navigate to Set Flag > Flagged if you want to flag your image as a wanted photo. If you want to set it to an unwanted image, select the option for ‘Rejected.’
Flagged option in Lightroom

Flagging Images Using the Keyboard Shortcuts

If you want to speed up this process, you can also use the keyboard shortcuts offered by Lightroom. Here are the shortcuts that you can use:

  1. To flag an image with a pick flag, click on the image and then press the key ‘P.’
  2. To flag an image with a reject flag, click on the image and then press ‘X.’
  3. To unflag an image, click on the image and then press ‘U.’

Flagging Images Using the Flag Icon

The recent versions of Lightroom Classic make it even easier and quicker to flag images through the flag icon present on each of the images displayed on the library module. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Launch the Lightroom application. You will see your images displayed on the Lightroom workspace.
  2. Hover your cursor to any of these images. You will then see a small flag icon appear on the top left corner of the image.
Flagging Images in Lightroom using the flag icon
  1. Simply click on this flag icon to set the image as ‘Pick Flag.’ However, if you want to set it to ‘Reject flag,’ then right-click on this flag and select your desired option from the pop-up menu.

Flagging Images from the Menu Bar 

This is a more conventional method of flagging your images in Lightroom. Here are the steps to follow if you want to use this method:

  1. Select the image that you want to flag.
  2. Hover over to the menu bar present at the top of your Lightroom screen.
  3. From the menu bar, navigate to Photo > Set Flag and then select your desired option from the cascading menu.

Flagging Multiple Images At Once

The process of flagging each image individually in your Lightroom collection can be exhausting and time-taking. Thankfully, you can also flag multiple photos at once to speed up your Lightroom workflow. Follow the steps below in order to select and flag multiple images together:

  1. In the Library view mode, select multiple images that you want to flag. To do this, press down the ‘CTRL’ or Command key and then press all the images one by one.
  2. Once you have selected all the images, right-click on any of the selected images and navigate to Set Flag > Flagged or Set Flag > Rejected as per your requirement. This will flag all the images you selected at once.

Viewing Only Flagged Images in Lightroom

Besides being a useful tool in organizing your images in Lightroom, the flagging feature also helps in accessing and using your images. Once you have flagged your images, you can then use them to filter your images in such a way that only the flagged images are shown to you. As a result, your workspace will remain tidier and easy to use.

Here is how you can view only the flagged images in Lightroom:

  1. Click on the option ‘Attribute’ present in the ‘Library Filter’ on the top of your workspace.
Attribute option present in the Library Filter in Lightroom
  1. As you click on ‘Attribute,’ you will see three different flag icons representing each type of flagged image.
Three different flag icons representing each type of flagged image
  1. Clicking any of these flags will apply a filter to your library module viewing mode. As you click on the white flag, you will only see the ‘Pick Flag’ images.
Clicking any flag to apply a filter to library module viewing mode
  1. As you click on the black flag, you will only see the ‘Reject Flag’ images.
Reject Flag images in Lightroom
  1. As you click on the transparent images, you will see only the unflagged images.


Now you know all about flagging images in Lightroom. It is a very beneficial feature of Lightroom that allows you to keep your images organized and easily accessible. Using Lightroom flags will make your Lightroom workflow a lot more managed, quicker, and efficient. So, keep your images organized and categorized as per your requirements by using the Lightroom flags.