Lightroom 6 map module "Set all to the same GPS coordinates" option always disabled/grayed out

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In Lightroom 6's map module, the option in right-click map menu of "Set all to the same GPS coordinates" is always disabled/grayed out. This issue has existed for a long time, but I do remember it working in early 6.x releases. I am using Lightroom 6.13 perpetual license. Reinstalling / clean install does not fix this issue, I have tried. Attached is a screenshot demonstrating the problem.

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Matti Hämäläinen

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Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen, Champion

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I can't reproduce this on Mac. Can you please confirm which flavor of Windows you're using?
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Simon Chen, Principal Computer Scientist

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The "Set all to the same GPS coordinates" is enabled only when you do contextual mouse click on the icon for a "Cluster of nearby photos", which represents a group of photos at different locations (depending on the map zoom level).

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To build on Simon's reply, there are three ways to set a group of photos nearby on the map to have the exact same GPS coordinates:

1. As Simon suggested, zoom out until the photos all appear as a single cluster, then right-click the cluster and select Set All To The Same GPS Coordinates:

2. Zooming out may accidentally include extraneous photos; if so, click and then shift-click each of the desired photos' bubbles on the map so that they are all orange. Then point the mouse cursor where you want all the photos, right-click and select Add GPS Coordinates To Selected Photos. Make sure you're not pointing over an orange bubble:

3. In Library, you can use Metadata > Copy Metadata and Metadata > Paste Metadata to copy the coordinates from one photo to the others.  However, there is a long-standing bug that rounds the pasted coordinates to the nearest second, which on average will be about 17 m / 15' away from the original coordinates.  So the GPS coordinates of the source and the destination photos will be slightly different.

See this bug report: