LIGHTROOM - Every time I change context, I lose my filter

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I will frequently set up a filter to look at unrated photos, then increment through all of my subdirectories from a photography trip. Every time I change subdirectories, or any other context, or even worse, when it finishes an HDR or panorama merge, my filter goes away and I have to reselect it.
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Tom Mickow

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Try clicking the lock icon in the upper right of the filter bar.
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I just tried that, but every time I shift context (directories) I lose the filter and have to reset it to unrated. Which means that when I'm done selecting all the ones I want to look at on my next pass, then I'd have to change the filter in each and every directory.

This is also broken.

I'd RTFM, but as far as I can tell, there is no manual to read. Just videos that you can't skim through to find the information that you need.
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"I'd RTFM, but as far as I can tell, there is no manual to read."

In LR, do Help > Lightroom Help, and in the upper-left corner you'll see "Help PDFs". You can download the entire manual as a PDF, which many of us find much easier to search than trying to use the online search box.
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Hmmm...doesn't do that for me. If I'm in folder A and set a filter to only show unrated photos and click the lock icon closed, that filter stays in affect when I change to folder B, folder C, and so on. If I unclick the lock, I lose the filter as soon as I click on any other folder.

The other thing you mentioned was the filter being reset when HDR and panorama processing completed. Did the filter lock fix that behavior for you?
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Here is the link to the LR help. It was broken in LR 6.0.0 but Adobe issued an update to LR 6.0.1 that supposedly fixed it but maybe not on both Macs and PCs:
https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/top...
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It's weird, it seems that if I add subdirectories to the view, it doesn't change things, just if I change directories.
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Is the lock showing locked or unlocked?
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Locked
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"if I add subdirectories to the view, it doesn't change things, just if I change directories"

That would be the behavior if the filter settings were unlocked -- when unlocked, they're tied to the current root directory being viewed.
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Did you try resetting LR's preferences: http://www.lightroomforums.net/showth.... That fixes a surprising number of weird behaviors in the Lightroom user interface.