Lightroom: Add count to parent keywords in Library Filter

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Right now if you have hierarchical keywords, the keyword subpanel in the Library Filter panel only shows counts of photos with that keyword for the most-terminal hierarchical keywords. It would be really useful if counts were shown for all keywords, including parent keywords.

The question is of course whether to count photos with child keywords but not parent keywords. I suggest that there should be two counts shown as X/Y, where X is the number of photos that either have that keyword or a child keyword, and Y is the number of photos that actually have that keyword. X is already the number of photos that will selected if you click that keyword, and Y will be the same or smaller depending on how many photos actually have the keyword.

I just spent many hours trying to build a spreadsheet of the number of photos with various keywords in it, and the current behavior made it nearly impossible to do it, since there is no way to count the number of photos with a parent keyword. (You can get the number with the parent or a child (or both) by selecting the parent keyword in the Keyword subpanel and then looking the count in the bottom panel, but there is no way to get the number of photos in which the parent keyword has been set).

Note: Jeffrey Friedl's Data Explorer plugin can give you this information, but his output loses the hierarchical structure of the keywords.

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Alan Harper

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