New smart collections don't work properly in Lightroom 4

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All of my old smart collections are fine and have the correct number of photos, but new smart collections contain way too many images... thousands when there should only be hundreds at most. For example: I'm trying to create a smart collection of all of the images with 3+ stars from February 2018, but the smart collection pulls all of the images with 3+ starts from February for every single year. I've been creating smart collections the same way for years, and new smart collections are made exactly like previous working collections. I don't understand why I can't make any new collections. It seems to be an issue with my 2018 collection set as creating new smart collections in my 2017 collection set work fine. I've deleted the 2018 collection set and remade it and the problem persists. I've optimized my catalog and restarted my computer and it did nothing to fix the issue.
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Carlos Cardona

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Need to tell us your OS and OS version number, otherwise no advice can be offered. Many problems in Lightroom are not a problem with LR, but the operating system or the hardware.
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Michel DELFELD

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Yes Carlos would be also interesting to have a dump of the constitution of this smart collection
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Roelof Moorlag

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I'm curious if a copy (rightclick and choose 'duplicate smart collection') of an 'old'  smart collection does work properly.
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Amber Honour

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I'm running it on Mac OS high Sierra 10.13.3. I don't have "duplicate smart collection" in the drop down menu, but I did recreate several old working collection and it brought up the correct number of photos for each one. Creating a smart collection involving 2018 always brings up the wrong number of photos so the problem seems to be narrowed down to that.
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Amber Honour

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I would like to add that this problem started in 2018. I had previously made a smart collection at the end of 2017 for 2018 and it worked fine, but I couldn't recreate its success. Duplicating it resulted in thousands of photos
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Michel DELFELD

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Can you let us see a dump of your smart collection?
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Amber Honour

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I'm not sure what you mean by dump.
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Michel DELFELD

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It's a copy of your screen or for a part of it (like the widow that appear when you ask LR to modify the smart collection)
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Amber Honour

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Ok, thanks. This is how I've been making smart collections and it works correctly for other years, just not 2018. I also checked to make sure there were no spaces or weirdness anywhere in the actual 2018 folders and it was fine. It also doesn't matter if I add it to a collection set or not.
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If I remember correctly, Lightroom 6 had a bug with using folder names in a smart collection on MacOS X High Sierra. It's possible that Lightroom 4 already contained that same bug, but for Lightroom 4 it won't be solved. Instead of using folder names, try using capture dates.
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Amber Honour

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Thank you for the suggestion, capture dates worked perfectly. I appreciate everyones help with this issue.
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