Lightroom Classic: Disable smart collection

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Large or multiple smart collections can seriously impact performance.

It would be useful to disable a smart collection or, even better, disable a set of smart collections, so they are no longer processed until re-enabled.

As it is we can only delete the smart collections and recreate them when we need them again next month.

A selective export and import option of smart collections would serve a similar purpose and would add functionality to LR but would not be as simple to use just for this disable/enable purpose.

Whilst here I would also like to add my vote to the many people who have asked for a smart collection A only to select images from within smart collection B. Though I can see some concerns: how many levels down does it allow should B only select from smart collection C, etc. That is maybe why they have not implemented it. Also there would be a possibility of creating an infinite loop should smart collection A only select from B but B is set up to only select from A. Perhaps it could be limited to only allow selection from smart collection B provided that B does not have use any sub-selection of its own.
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Colink Technology

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Sreenivas Ramaswamy, Employee

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Hi,

I have logged a feature request internally so that we can track this idea.

For now users can do the following workaround (not great but still it works) to get the same effect. Create a Collection set called "Disabled smart collections" or any name you like. Move all the smart collections you want disabled into it. Collapse the collection set and restart Lightroom. As long as this collection set remains collapsed they won't be evaluated. One drawback of this approach is that users need to remember to keep the collection set collapsed. If they open it they need to remember to close it and restart Lightroom to get the benefit.
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John R. Ellis, Champion

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That's a good tip, thanks!
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anssik

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...and it's enough to collapse any Collection Sets containing Smart Collections, for the same effect, right? (SC don't actually have to be in just one Collection Set)
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Sreenivas Ramaswamy, Employee

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Yes. It can be any collection set. But if you know some of the smart collections take a long time to update leading to problems and you don't plan to use them for sometime it is always better to collect them in a separate collection set so that they don't come in the way of your day to day work.
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anssik

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Thank you for confirming this. Yes, I've done just that – I keep my Smart Collections for recent work (by dates) separate from many other Smart Collections in separate Collection Sets.
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Colink Technology

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Many thanks, that is good to know