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I use Lightroom and external CF card reader on a MacBook with 10.11.6. Every time I connect a memory card the Photos import dialog pops up, which is quite annoying since its starts reading from the memory card and often locks up.

How do I disable it globally?

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You can disable the auto pop box in iPhotos , In the preference you can turn it off the auto import option. Link

  • Unfortunately this sets the flag per volume (CF card) - not for the card reader itself. But its still a working solution unless you have deal with tons of cards. – max Aug 17 '16 at 13:09
  • Unfortunately, this answer is incorrect. The global solution is for iPhoto, not Photos. There is no equivalent global setting in Photos. – UncaMikey Aug 17 '16 at 13:28
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The common answer to this question is to uncheck the auto-launch box in Photos. The problem is that every time you format your memory card in-camera, Photos sees it as a new device and you have to start over.

The only way I have found to disable the auto-launch of any program when inserting a memory card is by going to Terminal and following the instructions here: Stop Photos Auto-Launch

  • Ideally, add a summary of the steps described on the link, because links tend to rot. – Jaime Santa Cruz Aug 18 '16 at 1:50
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    Ideally, someone with greater knowledge of Terminal commands could explain it. I don't feel qualified to summarize and explain those instructions that alter the guts of the OS, other than to say I tried it myself and it works. – UncaMikey Aug 18 '16 at 3:37

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