LIGHTROOM - Filter to a list of images by using multiple file names at once

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So I am using Fundy Album Builder to design albums. After I have the finial design I need to go back and finish retouching the images that are in the album. Fundy will let you copy a list of file names each separated by a comma of the images in the album design. Then in theory you should be able to paste that list into the text search bar in LR and it filter to only those images. However it will not work that way. It basically looks for images that have ALL of the items separated with a comma instead of ANY of them. It would make life so much easier if they would add a "Contains Any" option to the text search field.
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Try this procedure- reply if successful-

To find a large selection of images from a text list you need to follow a set procedure-Lightroom needs access to all images that may be in the list- Click on ‘All Photographs’ in the Library Catalog  panel- left of screen, (or select the folder where all the searched images are known to exist), then-

 1. Edit your list in a text editor (MS-Word or Notepad, etc) so that the list of file-names are separated by commas with no spaces and delete all Paragraph markers. (This is the time-consuming part!)
 
2. Select this list by high-lighting only the filename text characters with the mouse.
 
3. COPY the text list to the clip-board. [CTRL-C] or Right-click > Copy

4. In Lightroom:  Menu > Library > Find,  [CTRL+F]
or Click "Text" on the Library filter bar, and set it to- Filename / Contains.

5. Click in the Search box and paste the list [CTRL+V]  or Right-click > Paste
 
You will see all the listed images by Filename that can be then added to a Standard Collection.
Select all [CTRL+A], Click the Collection Panel [+], Check ‘add selected images’.


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Have you actually done that and had it work? This is exactly what I am trying to do. Fundy creates the list of file names separated with commas and no spaces to use so that step is easy :). Lightroom just won't pull multiple images at once using this method (at least for me).
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Have you actually done that and had it work? This is exactly what I am trying to do. Fundy creates the list of file names separated with commas and no spaces to use so that step is easy :). Lightroom just won't pull multiple images at once using this method (at least for me).
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This approach does work; see these other topics: 
https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/lightroom_i_need_to_search_for_multiple_file_...
https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/library-text-filter-is-not-finding-images-by-...

Be sure that you've selected Filename Contains in the Library filter bar. But note that if your filenames contain spaces, you could get spurious matches of filenames.  For that, you'd need a third-party plugin (see the second topic above).  
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Also, if it's not working for you, post a full-resolution screenshot of your entire LR window, and make sure the thumbnails in Library view are showing the filenames next to them.   The screenshot will provide clues as to what's going wrong for you.
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I will add it below
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I will check out the links but here are screen shots of what I am doing and the results I am getting.
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Have you tried being more specific with image file names by including the "File Type" suffix?
eg.  {16104_hnp_0001}    might work if it uses {16104_hnp_0001.nef} or {16104_hnp_0001.CR2}, etc

nef, cr2, dng, psd, tif,   are all essential descriptive parts of a filename.
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Yep I had tried that. I finally figgured it out. The issue was my filenames had spaces in them and lightroom don't like spaces lol. Looks like Adobe tech support would have knew that instead of telling me it wasn't possible to search more then one at a time.
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If there is a space imbedded in any of the filenames this approach won't work, and in fact gives the results you are experiencing. (The space following the comma separating the filenames is ok.) It's hard to tell for sure from your screenshots, but it appears that the names might contain spaces following the underscores.

(Looks like we posted at the same time. Glad you found it.)
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You are correct. I didn't realize there were spaces in my renaming preset but they are spaces after the underscores. Once I renamed the files and removed the spaces from the list of file names it worked perfectly. Thank you for the help
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This form is awsome! The issue was the spaces in my filenames. It works perfect now.

Thanks everyone for the help. It would have been nice if the overseas tech support that adobe uses had known the program as well as you all do and not told me this wasn't possible.
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