One thing that annoys me from time to time in Lightroom, is that when you import, the current view jumps to the import. I know it’s going to happen when I hit Import, but still I’d rather it stayed where I was working. Importing in the background would suit me better when I’m already working on images.
Now that my rant is over, getting back to where I was is not really an issue. It’s literally a simple click away. If the Filmstrip isn’t open, I can click the grey arrow at the bottom of the screen, or press the F6 key. The 4th and 5th icons on the left of the Filmstrip are the Previous and Next arrows, highlighted in red in our screen capture below.
Clicking the Previous arrow will go back to whatever I was before the import began. Easy, isn’t it? Using the Previous and Next arrows (or Go Back and Go Forward in the tool tips) I can navigate through places I’ve been working recently. Alternatively I can click on the downward pointing arrow at the end of the text (in the above image, it appears after the letters JPG). This will open a list of recent folders as per the screen capture below.
Still, I’d like an Import in background preference!