Modifier Key

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The Modifier Key (‘Option’ key on Mac, ‘Shift’ key on Windows) can be used to modify the operation of various dialog boxes throughout Photo Mechanic. The most common use is to bypass a dialog box and directly apply the last used settings without that particular dialog box presenting itself. For example, if you choose ‘FTP as’ from the right-click context menu while holding down the Modifier key, the selected image(s) will be uploaded to whatever the FTP Photos As dialog box was last set to.

Holding down the Modifier key...

When deleting skips the delete files confirmation dialog.

When clicking on a tag box will make all images in the selection have the same tag value as the photo whose tag was clicked on.

When clicking on a rotation hover button will rotate all images in the selection in the same direction.

When setting a color class on a photo via the contextual menu will set all selected images (if any) to the same color class.

When pasting an IPTC snapshot will skip the confirmation dialog when multiple items are selected.

When applying IPTC stationery via the contextual menu to multiple items will skip the confirmation dialog.

When double clicking on a thumbnail in the contact sheet will toggle the sense of your preferred double-click action (edit or preview are the two choices.)

When double-clicking a saved search in the Favorites will execute the search in a new Contact Sheet.

When double-clicking a folder in the Favorites or Navigator will add the folder as an additional folder in the current Contact Sheet.

Holding down the Modifier key in any dialog that has “Set seqn variable...” button will change the button to read “Reset seqn variable and will instead reset the sequence variable when clicked.

When opening the FTP As... dialog will attempt to skip the dialog and send the files immediately.

When clicking on the Remove crop button in the Preview window will remove a constrained crop as well as the crop rectangle.

While zoomed into a cropped preview will give you the “hand” cursor which can be used to click and drag the zoomed preview around.

While zoomed into a preview will allow the cursor keys to pan the preview around. Adding the shift key (Mac OS X) or control key (Windows) will scroll faster.

While moving the scroll wheel on your mouse will zoom in and out of the current preview. Moving the scroll wheel without the Modifier key down will advance through the previews.

When starting an external edit will toggle the sense of your RAW/JPEG editing preference when in RAW+JPEG mode.

When using the copy command will attempt to skip the dialog and perform the last copy operation with the current selection of photos.

When using the rename command will attempt to skip the dialog and perform the last rename operation with the current selection of photos.

When using the save as command will attempt to skip the dialog and perform the last save as operation with the current selection of photos.

While inside the IPTC Info dialog will change the “Clear” button to “Options” which will bring up the Clear IPTC Fields dialog. It will change the “Apply Stationery Pad” button to “Copy to Stationery”. When multiple items are selected in the Contact Sheet and you hold down Ctrl and Modifier the button will change to “Apply to Selected“. The Modifier key will change the “OK” button to “Eval” which will replace all variables with their interpreted values which is useful to see how variables replacement will work.

While inside the IPTC Stationery Pad dialog will change the “Clear” button to “Options” which will bring up the Clear IPTC Fields dialog.