Even Lightroom Needs a Power Nap Every Now and Then

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then you already know that Lightroom needs a “power nap” every now and then to get back into  perfect form.   Restarting the application is a simple, effective, and potentially time saving way to get LR2 back on track so you can process your photos at optimum speed.

Back when Lightroom 2.2 was released the performance degradation issues became frequent enough I wrote a script to speed up the restart process.  While Lightroom 2.3 has resolved the most significant of these issues, I’m still finding I need to restart regularly enough that others might find the script useful too.  When Lightroom really starts to grind it can take minutes to shutdown, and the script allows you to wander off to grab a coffee rather than babysit the restart process.  This should be especially useful for Web Gallery developers who by all reports need to restart way, way too often.


  1. Download the script: LRRelaunch-20090324_001.zip
  2. Open Lightroom 2.
  3. Select Edit > Preferences > Presets (Windows) or Lightroom > Preferences > Presets (Mac).
  4. Select Show Lightroom Presets Folder.
  5. Open the Lightroom folder. If it doesn’t already exist, create a new folder named Scripts inside the Lightroom folder.
  6. Unzip LRRelaunch-20090324_001.zip and drag or copy the LRRelaunch.lua file into the Scripts folder.
  7. Close the Windows Explorer, or Finder window, to return to Lightroom 2.
  8. Exit then reopen Lightroom 2.


Lightroom Restart script menu itemWhen you open Lightroom 2 you should now see a new Scripts menu to the right of the existing Help menu. 

You can now open the Scripts menu and select the LRRelaunch menu option to restart Lightroom 2.

I hope you find this script useful and feel free to share your experiences or suggestions in the comments section below.

Posted on March 25, 2009 at 8:48 am by Matt · Permalink
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