Photoshop: Pantone FHI in colour libraries

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Hi, I have a Pantone FHI (tpg paper) book and have uploaded Pantone Manager, done all the things it suggests. I have all the FHI colours in the swatch panel, but I cannot get it into colour libraries. I see other people have it as an option, so when you select a colour with the eyedropper, then go to picker, and select libraries there should be a dropdown for FHI guides so I can find the closest TPG match to the colour I have selected in my artwork (like this screenshot, I want to get it on this dropdown but don't know how). I have every other Pantone library in there but the one I need. Can anyone shed light on this for me please? I have been through Adobe support so many times, they don't seem to understand what I want to do. I'm on CC18 at the moment. Any help appreciated!
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The  file exported from Pantone Color Manager for Pantone TPG colors is for swatches unfortunately, not for Color Books.  The software exports a .aco file for TPG Paper and a .acb file for other decks such as TPX Paper.  I'm not sure if this is the case with all the decks as I haven't tested every one. 
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Thank you! I have managed to get TPX up (which is workable, the colours are the same) but there seems to be something wrong with the colour matching for some colours. Would you happen to know why that is?
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You know... it's so odd I've run into a similar issue myself but couldn't pinpoint what was causing it and what fixed it.  I had retried exporting new books to override the old ones i had exported and tried them with D65, D50. Restarted both Pantone Manager and Photoshop a couple times and something worked or reset itself and I haven't run into an issue again.

I wish I could tell you what it was, but I'm not sure what fixed it. :-/

Maybe try closing out both pieces of software. Then re-exporting out new books from pantone color manager and overwrite the ones previously exported. 
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Thank you, I will keep trying. I've been playing with the TPX as is, and even knowing what the closest match is its ok for me to just look up the values, vs trying to find closest match in another library and then finding closest match to that on Pantone X-Ref... and double checking in the physical book. Already this is going to shave a ton of time off my workload, I SO appreciate the advice!