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Automatically launch Lightroom when inserting a memory card

A question that comes up a lot these days is how to keep Lightroom 1.4.1 from launching when a memory card is detected.

If you are wondering how to stop this from happening, just launch Lightroom 1.4.1 and go into the Preferences > Import and uncheck the Show Import dialog when memory card detected box. This will prevent 1.4.1 from launching. Close Lightroom 1.4.1.

If you want Lightroom 2 to launch automatically when a memory card is detected, do the following:

On Windows, open Lightroom 2 and go to Edit > Preferences > Import, and check the show Import dialog box. Close Lightroom 2. Next, insert a memory card and the "What do you want Windows to do" dialog box should appear with "Import photos using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0" as an option. Select that and check the "Always do the selected action box". Click OK.

On a Mac, open Lightroom 2 and go to Edit > Preferences > Import, and check the show Import dialog box. Close Lightroom 2. Go to the Applications folder and launch Image Capture. Go to Image Capture > Preferences, and for "When a camera is connected, open" choose Lightroom 2. Close Image Capture.

The next time you insert a memory card Lightroom 2 should then launch and (if you checked the "Show import dialog" box in the Preferences) the Import dialog should then appear.