Lightroom: Filter Keywords in the Keyword List panel does not match imbedded spaces in keywords

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Searching for keywords with imbedded spaces has been a long standing problem. Now that this has been fixed in the Keywording panel with the 3.4 it needs to be fixed in the Filter Keywords panel.

Since you can set the keyword delimiter in the preferences this entry box should really follow this setting and use it here.

I am tired of trying to search for "St Andrews" and getting every keyword in the catalog that contains the letters "st" anywhere.
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Louis Sherwin

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Becky Sowada, Adobe Employee

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What filter criteria are you using? Try using Keyword - Starts With - St Andrews
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Louis Sherwin

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Hi Becky,

Thanks for the input, However, this problem has to do with Filter Keywords in the Keyword List panel not the Library filters bar.

I did try your suggestion in the Filter bar and it also uses the space as a search term delimiter instead of part of the search.

I have only found one keyword search that correctly uses spaces as part of the search is the search in the Keywording panel. This was finally fixed in the 3.4 release.

The rest are broken and have been for a long time. There have been numerous discussions over on the lightroom forums complaining about this problem.
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Louis Sherwin

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Tested in LR5 beta and still no way to search with imbedded spaces.

-louie
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Rob Cole

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You have to use a plugin to search for metadata with spaces in it.

I use SpaceUrchin, but I recommend AnyFilter for you.
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Louis Sherwin

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Thanks Rob, I do use Any Filter to do many searches. However, the plugin only searches the metadata in the images.

What I am referring to here is the "Filter Keywords" field in the Keywords List tab, searching for available keyword terms.

Here and many other places there should be a way to override the default behavior and search for a phrase that has imbedded spaces. Since Lua has an excellent regex engine this limitation is clearly a choice of implementation by Adobe.

Since in every other aspect of the application it allows you to enter in terms with imbedded spaces I think you should be also able to search using them. At best the implementation is inconsistent.
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Rob Cole

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OK - got the distinction - and I agree.
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Louis Sherwin

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Another release of Lightroom and still no ability to search strings with imbedded spaces.
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Patrick Philippot

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Hi,

Keyword1 = St. Peters
Keyword2 = St. Paul and Peters

There is no way to filter on "St. Peters" in LR, without having to specify "does not contain Paul", which is not a practical solution.

Keyword1 = John
Keyword2 = John Kennedy

These are 2 different keywords. There is no way to filter on John in LR, without having to specify "does not contain Kennedy", although John is a different keyword than John Kennedy ("Separate keywords using commas" set in the Preferences - Spaces are allowed in keywords).

Normally, filtering with Keywords / End with / John should be enough to isolate images with the "John" keyword and exclude those with "John Kennedy".

Problem reported the first time 5 years ago, still not fixed in version 6.4. Any developer should be able to fix this in minutes.
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Searching for photos with keywords containing spaces is a different issue from the one described in this topic.  I've moved this post to the correct topic: https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/lightroom_is_there_really_no_way_to_search_me...
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