Lightroom CC: Poor filtering and searching capabilities

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I'm finding the very basic filtering and searching options to be frustrating and restrictive. I, like many photographers, shoot in RAW + JPEG. With Lightroom CC, you can't filter by File Type. I then figured, no problem, I'll search for the files containing the RAW extension (.RAF in my case), but nope, searches come up blank for any part of file names, as it turns out (even the parts before the file extension. Am I doing something wrong, or are the searching and filtering capabilities of this program seriously that sub-par? 
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Typing .raf into the search field should work. Has it finished syncing?
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Thanks for the quick response! By clicking the Cloud icon, it says that it's fully synced. Typing .raf into the search field gives me the "No results found" message.
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Hmmmm, and if you try uppercase? It should work. Which operating system are you using?
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No luck, all uppercase, all lowercase, or otherwise. I tried this for the file names before the extension as well - no success. When I have the time tonight I'm going to try to import the photos again in case something went awry with the import, but with two different sources (iPhone and SD card), neither are showing results from any search for file names.
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Sorry Victoria, I'm on Mac OS X High Sierra, by the way, but searching for a file name failed on my iPad Lightroom CC as well as the Lightroom Web App.
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Ben, Can you upload a screenshot of what it looks like just after you type .raf, but before you actually do the search.  I find my most common error is I have another items also selected usually unintentionally that produces an unexpected result.  
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I see at the bottom of the screen it looks like you are searching for only 'picked' pictures.  Try turning that off and do the search again.  I am not familiar with CC and how it displays metadata and attributes.  If turning the picked off does not work, can you show a screen shot with the metadata and attributes showing?
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Good try Steven, but on CC, that's the pick flag for the selected photo. Filtering on picked photos would be at the top of the grid view.

Ben, can you try it in Grid, and open the Info panel so we can see the wrong file type being found please?

Oh, and hit Enter after typing .raf?
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I hope that demonstrates it alright! PS, I was just on a Live Chat with two Adobe technicians who both failed at understanding why this is happening.
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It looks like you're doing everything right. A long shot, but does .JPG work? Or typing the full filename? That might offer some clues.
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One more silly question... does it work if you search on All Photos instead? Since those photos were only taken a couple of days ago, I'm wondering if it'll work on photos that have been in the cloud for longer, and will have had more time to be indexed.
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Hey Victoria! Tried both of those things (.JPG and full filename), and unfortunately no luck. Regarding All Photos - as it turns out, an older photo dump are semi-working (filenames aren't showing up in searches, nor is .JPG, but strangely .RAF is), but on the latest import, nada. That leads me to think you could be right about indexing being the bottleneck, but we'll see! Thank you again so much for your help and suggestions :) 
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Do let us know if it catches up in the next few days. I'll leave this open though, because it should be improved to do these basic searches offline IMHO.
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I find it amazing that Adobe boasts of intelligent AI search and yet I type in MP4 or .MP4 to find files that end in .MP4 and nothing comes up. When I search for ARW (Sony RAW extension) it seems to only find photos already synced to the cloud. Together with massive speed problem this feels like a V0.1 beta, but it's been out a year... Any suggestions/updates on when this might be fixed?

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William: 

for ARW - try typing into the Search field: Camera: and selecting your Sony camera(s) from the pulldown list that appears. Similarly if you enter : Type: you should get the option to pic video or image files. 

Searches by file extension are not currently supported.

This help doc references the search facets available: https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-cc/using/organize-photos.html 
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Thanks for the reply Rikk, much appreciated. The video/stills tip is a good one. Unfortunately to find Raw images the camera suggestion won't work, as my shots are saved as Raw + JPEG, so searching by camera will bring up the JPEGs as well. It's surprising there's seemingly no way to separate out Raw and JPEG 'duplicates' other than doing it manually. It would be really useful in a future update.