No Photos Match the Filter: A Better Solution

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When filters are enabled in Lightroom and the folder selected does not contain any photos matching the filter's parameters, Lightroom shows - in the area where we'd normally see a grid of preview thumbnails - the message, "No photos match the filter."

I'm a private Lightroom trainer and I've had several clients who become baffled by this message. I hear from them something like, "Oh no, where are my photos?" or "Lightroom can't find my photos." They either do not read the message or do not understand it. And the solution becomes even less obvious when the Filter Bar has been hidden.

Here's my idea. Right below the text "No photos match the filter," add a big button that says something like "Disable Filters" or "Show all photos." Once clicked, this button would set filters to "none", reveal the filter bar (if hidden), and show all the photos in the folder (or other selection). Easy and simple.

The filter bar is one of the most confusing area (of many) for new and intermediate Lightroom users, so let's help them out with this simple fix.

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Alan Haynes

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Simon Chen, Principal Computer Scientist

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Thanks for the suggestion.
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Just Shot Me

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I suggest you instruct your clients to Read the message. It clearly states No Photos Match the Filter meaning there IS a filter being used, applied.
Simply clicking on the None in the filter bar does the same thing you are suggesting. If they can't read that no images match the filter they have applied I don't think they will read the box that says Show All Photos.
And is that All Photographs or all photographs for the folder they have selected in the "Folders" section of the left hand panel
You should point out that either clicking None in the filter bar or "All Photographs" in the Catalog section of the left hand panel will show either all the images in the Folder they have selected in the Folders section or All Photographs in the catalog they have open.

I'm sorry but aren't you supposed to be Training them on how to use LR for Cataloging and editing their images?
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Roelof Moorlag

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Every suggestion for a better user interface is welcome, you got my vote!
I think it's possible to train a bad userinterface indeed but better is that is shows itself
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Rikk Flohr, Champion

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I think this would be a nice addition.  I hit the [Vote] Button!
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Barbara Moon Batista

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As A Lightroom Instructor I find the filter section the most confusing for the students. In some cases it is cognitive impairment but not all cases. I think it is a good idea. There are at least 2-3 ways to do each thing in Lightroom, this would just be one on that list.