Lightroom: How do I search for multiple file names at once in the Library module?

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Library Filter should be able to search for MULTIPLE File names. I'm a photographer. I shoot 1000 images for my client. Import in to LR. My client provides me a list of 99 selects, each of which has a unique file name. I now have to scroll through clumsily and find 99 specific thumbnails and star each one, or I have to type the file names one at a time (or a unique portion of the filename, usually the number) in to the Library Filter module. Very time consuming. It seems that it would be simple to allow copy and paste of comma separated file names in to the Search field to find all of them at once. One would then select and star all of them at once. Making selects out of a larger batch is an inevitable piece of EVERY photo-shoot. CHRIS: I need CNR-3548, CNR- 4319, CNR-3243, CNR-3548, CNR- 4319, CNR-3243, CNR-3548, CNR- 4319, CNR-3243. Finding each of these is a time consuming process that could be easily automated with copy/paste.
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Additional clarification. For each job I generate a web gallery of images that I post on my server for clients to review what we shot. The gallery is generated with the help of a really cool plugin by The Turning Gate, TTG, that allows users to make selects and then the gallery generates a list of these selects and emails them to me. The list is a comma separated list of exact file names... It would be really great to copy and paste this list in to the search field and voila!!

Even when the clients selects are sent organically (and not generated by my web gallery) they're typically in the form of a list that can be copied and pasted.
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Lightroom does this already. I paste in lists from clients quite often.

Set Library filter to Text: Any Searchable Field [contains] and then list all your (or paste your filenames) in separated by a space or a comma.
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You know Rikk I spent 1/2 hr on the phone with an Adobe service rep, and another 1/2 hour on a text chat with a different rep. They both told me it was not possible and I should submit a "feature request". I didn't make sense to me that it wouldn't work. Turns out I had Text: Any Searchable Field: "Contains Words" and needed to be using "Contains"
So simple. Thanks for the inspiration to look again.

Chris
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No problem.
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Hi, Can I tag onto this conversation? I'm currently using LR4.4 on my mac (OS X) and have never had trouble with the using the filters exactly as mentioned above until today. I frequently search for images using the text filter and a string of file names. Suddenly today for the first time I cannot find images by doing a text search on the file name at all. The text filter is set to "Search Any Field" and "Contains" and I've typed in the file name "IMG_8155". I've double checked that I'm not searching in a wrong folder, and to be sure, I've gone to my top folder which contains all 18061 images to do the search. I've restarted my computer and optimised my catalog with no change. Has anyone else seen this issue?
Thanks!
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I am having this problem at the moment and it is a nightmare I haven't been able to find a solution at all so far!!!
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I replied to your post in this other thread: http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...
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Hi Amanda, I'm guessing the problem is you have Filtered by 'stars' or 'flags' BEFORE trying to 'find' within that group. I've done this a bunch of times. Make sure to deselect the Filter settings and then do a "Find". Or make sure the image you are looking for has the right number of stars for the Filter and then Find.
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Hi Chris, Thanks for your reply, but I checked that first as I've often made that mistake too. The bizar thing was that when I entered a string of file names, LR was finding 2 of the five, but the ratings are all the same for these images. In the meantime since I've posted this, my filters are now working properly again although I haven't changed anything. I will comment if it occurs again.
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I've had the same mysterious inconsistencies.
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Nice to know I'm not the only one! I went ahead and created this as a new topic problem. Do you mind clicking "I have the problem too" on the issue? Maybe it will get some visibility. Thanks
http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...
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Today the ability to search for multiple files stopped working, I've been searching this way since at least LR2. Adobe Support initially told me it isn't possible to search for multiple images at the same time so i pointed the agent to this post. An hour into the support session and the agent is still grasping at straws. Does anyone have a concrete solution to this problem?
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Brett, I just tested my LR 7.4, and the method described by Rikk Flohr still works for me:
https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/lightroom_i_need_to_search_for_multiple_file_...

Please describe precisely the steps you are taking -- a screenshot would be even better. 
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In the other forum, you posted:

Simultaneous searching for multiple files just stopped working for me. After a few hours of tinkering and 2 hours of almost useless support from Adobe, I figured out that during a search for multiple files none of the files can have a space in the filename. If just one file has a space in it's name LR will not find any files from the search.

It's clearly a bug because LR will find a single image with a space in it's name.

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I just tested my LR 7.4 (Mac), and I don't see any obvious change in behavior with respect to searching filenames with spaces.  So a very specific example with a screenshot would help progress.

Here are two examples I tested:

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Note that "contains aaa xyz.jpg" means the filename contains "aaa" or it contains "xyz.jpg". That's why it also matched the files "bbb xyz.jpg" and "ccc xyz.jpg".

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This matches all filenames containing "aaa" or "xyz.jpg" or "bbb" or "xyz.jpg". That's why it also matched "bbb xyz.tif" and "ccc xyz.jpg".  

In general, trying to match filenames containing spaces is problematic, given LR's lack of exact text match for most fields.