Lightroom 4 bug- when saving, says there is metadata that has been changed in an external application but doesn’t show which image(s) it is

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Maybe this has been corrected in Lightroom 5, but I have had this problems since I started using Lightroom 2 several years ago. Often I save changes to files in Lightroom that I have made in Bridge or even in Lightroom itself. Often when I get the message: “One or more of these photos has been changed in an external application. Should Lightroom overwrite the settings on disk?” I click cancel, and try to see what image(s) are the mismatches, but way too often, I do not see an arrow on a file for quite some time- in this case, it was only 15 images, but after a minute, I stopped watching Lightroom do nothing, and started typing this (see attached images). After a few minutes, I went back to LR, and an arrow had showed up, but it should not take more than a second or two!

Previously (as in for over 4 years) I have suggested making the arrow a brighter color, instead of white, as when the arrow does show up, and it is very hard to find when glancing at hundreds of images in Library mode. I repeatedly have said please make arrow red or a bright color! Or blink. Or have Lightroom go to the first updated image. Anything is better than the “camouflaged” arrow that you have now.

Thank you.

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|> "it is very hard to find when glancing at hundreds of images in Library mode"

If you have hundreds of images, consider using metadata status filter instead of trying to glance over them.
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Is there a filter for finding invisible arrows? ;)

Seriously, if I get a pop up message with a warning, I should be able to deal with it with a minimum of clicks. Dismissing the error message is one, then having to click metadata, look in Metadata Status to see a group of images & hoping the arrow is visible there, then selecting those images and clicking the arrow, instead of just seeing an arrow & clicking, are extra steps I shouldn't have to take.

And, if I click an arrow I hopefully see when images are filtered, is Lightroom also still saving all the other images whose metadata that is not a mismatch (changed in LR), or by filtering, have I eliminated those other images, necessitating my going back to Library, reselecting all the previously selected images & saving once again?