Lightroom: Always show both "Expand Stack" and "Collapse Stack" in the stacking Menu

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Always show both "expand stack" and "collapse stack" options in the stacking menu. Many times I want to either expand or collapse all the stacks within a selected range or group of photos in the grid.

When I have many photos selected in the grid, some of which are expanded stacks and some of which are collapsed stacks and go to the "stacking" menu (Photo -> Stacking), the second grouping in that menu will contain either "Collapse Stack" or "Expand Stack" but never both. Many times it shows the collapse option when I want to expand and sometimes it shows expand option when I want to collapse. I can't seem to figure out what it uses to decide which to show but that's not the point. I don't want to use the "Expand/Collapse ALL stacks" option since I only want the operation to be applied to my selected photos rather than the entire grid.

My requet is that if there is a mix of collapsed and expanded stacks in the selection (or always), then show both options (Expand stack, and Collapse Stack).

Also the phrasing of this should be "Expand Selected Stack(s)" and "Collapse Selected Stack(s)".
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dan

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Frank Elston

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Mmm ... does this solve the problem. Click on the top left number showing in grid mode it toggles between expand and collapse for the stack depending on the current status.

Obviously both the above and a multiple stack selection have to respond according to the status of one stack and the drop down stacking menu choices are (probably) driven by the 'most selected' image status.
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dan

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Clicking the "1 of n" numbers in the upper left of the thumbnail is fine for a single stack but even if you have multiple stacks selected this method only affect the one you click on.

The stack menu (Photos -> stacking, or using a right click) has options for Expand and Collapse ALL stacks. It also has either Expand stack OR Collapse stack. These latter two options affect all selected stacks. However you only will see one of them at a time. If all your selected stacks are collpased it will show you the "Expand Stack" and when all your selected stacks are expanded it will show you the "Collpase Stack" both of which make sense. However, when you have a mix of expanded and collapsed stacks selected, LR decides which option (Expand or Collapse) option to show you based on some algorithm that I don't know. My request is to always show both options rather than having LR guess at which way you want to go.

Dan