Lightroom Classic: Import Destination Date Format

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Is it possible to have the import destination date format changed to provide an option for a custom date or add the following format  where an underscore is used as follows  YYYY_MM_DD  - I have tried the work around proposed by Pardner's Roundup on a Mac OS without success.
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What was the workaround? Editing the TranslatedStrings file should work, although it's a bit of a hack.
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Thanks, are you able to spell that out, although as I understood from Pardner's Roundup Translated Strings are no longer used?
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These are the instructions for changing shortcuts, but the same principles apply. https://www.lightroomqueen.com/custom-keyboard-shortcuts/

You're looking for the line "$$$/AgImportDialog/ ShootArrangement_6/ Template=%Y-%m-%d"

They're probably similar to the instructions you've already seen, but the name of the Translated Strings changed.
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Many thanks Victoria - I will investigate it in due course.

Much appreciated receiving your advice.

Rob
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Hi again Victoria,
Hmmm, I was not able to find that line you suggested. My device is an iMac. I followed for a Mac the Window or Mac heading on the website you provided but I don't seem to be able to come up with that line you provided. When following Pardner's Roundup process I was able to change the dashes (-) to underscores (_) between years, months and days, but it did not work on import. Are you able to suggest how best to proceed using a Mac to find that line you provided? Thanks, Rob
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Looks like I needed to update the post to say Adobe Lightroom Classic in the path, not Adobe Lightroom (now done) as it was written before the rebranding.

If you're creating the TranslatedStrings_Lr_en_US.txt file because you used Lightroom in English, you can just paste this:

"$$$/AgImportDialog/ShootArrangement_6/Label=By Date: 2005_12_17"
"$$$/AgImportDialog/ShootArrangement_6/Template=%Y_%m_%d"

I've confirmed that works, and it'll be the 4th from bottom in the list when you restart LR.
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Many thanks Victoria,

However, I am obviously a little dense. It is clearly obvious to you but not to me how to process this issue.

I have inserted TranslatedStrings_Lr_en_US.txt into en.lproj which is at the end of the link or string "Applications / Adobe Lightroom / Adobe Lightroom.app/Show Package Contents / Contents / Resources / en.lproj".

However, from there I am not sure where to paste your links which are: "$$$/AgImportDialog/ShootArrangement_6/Label=By Date: 2005_12_17"
"$$$/AgImportDialog/ShootArrangement_6/Template=%Y_%m_%d"

Your further advice would be appreciated as whilst it is obvious to you it is not yet to me.

Thanks and kind regards,

Rob
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So you've created a plain text file called TranslatedStrings_Lr_en_US.txt and you've placed it inside the Applications / Adobe Lightroom Classic / Adobe Lightroom Classic.app > Show Package Contents > Contents / Resources / en.lproj folder

Open the TranslatedStrings_Lr_en_US.txt in a plain text editor and paste 
"$$$/AgImportDialog/ShootArrangement_6/Label=By Date: 2005_12_17"
"$$$/AgImportDialog/ShootArrangement_6/Template=%Y_%m_%d"
and save and close, then restart LR.

Here's one I made earlier that you can just download and put in the en.lproj folder https://www.dropbox.com/s/ju75znbk2lcjv0n/TranslatedStrings_Lr_en_US.txt?dl=0
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Thanks again Victoria,

I wish I could say it worked. I am sure I have followed your instructions, but it does not work for me. Should the quotation marks be included?

I just copied and pasted your example into the TranslatedStrings_Lr_en_US.txt opened from within a text editor. 

Rob
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Yes, include the quotes (and they must be straight quotes). Or just download the one I used and put that in the right place. Note it's the Lightroom Classic app, not the Lightroom one.
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Thanks Victoria,

Yes, I did download the one you provided and placed it as you had advised, and yes it is Lightroom Classic. Maybe I will commence the process again from scratch to see if I can get it working - Rob
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Hi yet again Victoria,

Thanks for your patience. I have tried yet again a couple of times without success. I have obviously done something incorrectly. I have included I hope a link to a screenshot which will allow you to see what I have done.

https://www.dropbox.com/preview/LR%20Screenshot%20for%20VIctoria/Screenshot%202020-04-15%2017.15.34.png?role=personal

Thanks again,

Rob
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Hmmm, I don't seem to be able to access your screenshot Robert. There's a camera icon in the reply which would allow you to attach it here. Screenshots are a great idea.
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Thanks Victoria,

Hopefully you will be able to view the attached screenshot.

Rob
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That looks perfect. Perhaps a screenshot of the Import dialog > Destination panel > Date pop-up might help.
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Hi again Victoria,

Thanks for your hint. I had previously checked the import Destination Date Format following other trials, but for some reason I forgot to check it after the last two runs. The correct date format is listed there and when selected it all works fine and imports correctly. Much appreciated.

Thanks again for your patience in following through with my requests for advice. It is very much appreciated as it will save considerable time even though I have a few years of already imported photos to manually change.

Many thanks,

Rob
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Excellent, thanks for the update Rob.