Lightroom: Actions being applied to the incorrect image, i.e. not the image highlighted in both grid and filmstrip

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I'm using Lightroom 5.7.1 on 64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium Edition.

In this version and previous versions of Lightroom 5 I am having problems with actions being applied to the wrong image, i.e. an action is applied to a different image to the one highlighted in BOTH the grid and the filmstrip.

It's a bit similar to the Publish module bug, but here I have definitely made sure that the SAME photo is selected in the grid and film strip. Indeed I have attached example jpgs showing a photo correctly selected in both grid and filmstrip (image selected in the top left) and a 'flip horizontal' action getting applied to a different photo (two images to the right of selected image)

It is not clear what creates the problem but seems related to editing photos when using library filters e.g. a text filter on a keyword -- this seems to be the situation in the example cited above. It also seems to occur when using smart collections and publish services.

Restarting Lightroom seems to fix the issue until it happens again when I then have to restart.

It is quite frustrating/dangerous bug and is going to cause me to unknowingly delete good images at some point. It is also starting to inhibit my workflow. As my paranoia increases I restart Lightroom more and more often.

Some details regarding my system follow which may or may not be relevant:
Lightroom version: 5.7.1
License type: Perpetual
Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium Edition
Version: 6.1 [7601]
Application architecture: x64
System architecture: x64

Installed Plugins:
1) 500px
2) HDR Efex Pro 2
3) jf Collection Publisher
4) jf Facebook
5) jf Flickr
6) jf Folder Publisher
7) jf Metadata Wrangler

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Unfortunately this is still an issue.

I a helpful suggestion on the Lightroom Community Forum and restored the preferences. Indeed I went further and performed a clean installation of lightroom and other adobe products on my system (and tidied up and removed old versions of software too).

The example below shows the top left image highlighted in BOTH grid and filmstrip. I then toggle a blue/red colour label. You can clearly see the colour label incorrectly changing on the central non-highlighted image. All actions I apply including deletion are performed on this incorrect image which is clearly dangerous.

Again the problem seemed to occur whilst I was editing images that had be filtered using the text-keyword filter.

Any more suggestion on a fix would be most welcome.


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Can you replicate the issue with a few images and a new LR catalog?
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Thanks, that's a sensible suggestion. The occurrence is rather unpredictable so this might help diagnose the trigger. I'll need to tweak my workflow but will continue to investigate.