Lightroom Classic 9.3: Rename presets function seems wonkier than usual

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The rename function hasalways been a bit strange in Lightroom- you can save a preset, but they do notreally work well. To wit: I have saved several rename presets, which consist ofCustom Text, followed by Sequence Number, but they do not ever save the customtext I entered and saved, instead defaulting to the last text I used, no matterwhat preset I select.
Now with version 9.3 (andmaybe before as well), if I select preset “D”, pull down to edit it, FilenameTemplate Editor shows me a different preset, which I will call “C”. But never “A”or “B”, which are higher on the list. If I then select “D”, make a change tosay the Sequence number, but don’t yet save it, it changes name of selected presetI am editing back to C.


If I last used preset D, whenI go to rename a new image, it has defaulted to C again.


There are other similar peculiaritiesthat I can’t recall right this second...
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A screenshot or two of your Rename Files dialog would help here. Can you provide any? 
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Sure-

I hit F2 to rename some files- dialog defaults to this preset, no matter which one I last used.

 


I select a different preset, but it keeps same custom text (and start number) as first preset.

 


I choose new custom text and start number, and rename files.

 


I again hit F2 to rename files, and it has again defaulted to that one specific preset, but has kept previous text (and start number).


 

I have many presets, yet it always goes to third one.


 

I select a different preset...


 

Yet when I go to edit it, LRC again defaults to the same different one than I chose.

 

 

Also, when I save a preset, what is the point if it does not actually save anything but the name itself- it does not save custom text (nor does it remember last entered start number, which is okay as I obviously would not be renumbering with same start number, but in a perfect world, it would remember LAST number it used to rename, so that when I used that “preset” again, it would start with the following number).

Thanks.

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More examples- I took a preset, wanted to see if I could update with different Custom Text, but wouldn't let me save unless I make change to string, so I made an edit by adding Folder Name & updated it-




Then I tried to delete last added item, Folder Name, but when I deleted it, the preset I am editing suddenly changed to a different preset-





Then when I looked at the preset I had just tried to edit, I see it is unchanged, so no way to undo what I just did.





I tried adding a fourth item to string, then was able to delete last two to restore preset to initial state and save it again, bu updating it. I then went to renumber other images using a different preset, but it has retained Custom Text from previous rename-





And finally, I went back to the fist, "updated" preset, but it has not retained changed Custom Text, and instead is displaying last entered Custom Text.




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The preset only saves the stuff in the Filename Template Editor dialog, not the custom text and number that you enter on the fly. If you want to include the text in the preset, rather than adding a custom text token, type the text itself in the Filename Template Editor.
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Thanks Victoria, did not realize I could actually enter text itself in there- that seemed to solve that issue. I guess I assumed that it did save what I typed into Custom Text box when saving. This is really helpful for me!

 

Now I just need to figure out why when trying to edit specific presets, it defaults to a completely different one, which means unless I am careful I will edit the wrong preset. Or, when I go to rename files, it does not always select the last preset used. Or when I try to do something, it always goes to one of just two same specific presets.

 

I also wish there was a way to edit presets without actually having to select an image, as if I was going to rename it. I wish I could just delete a preset without going through the whole process of editing it, with LRC trying to edit the wrong one-
 

Here I selected an old preset to delete it, by trying to edit it.



I go to edit it, but LRC has changed the preset I am trying to edit to a seemingly random one.




I select the one I want to delete, and delete it.




Preset is successfully deleted, and it returns to rename window, again to same seemingly random preset.



I just wish the rename preset functionality wasn’t so clunky, and inconsistent...

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Looks like those presets are identical other than the name, which may be confusing it.
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Hmm, guess LRC is not too smart ;).

I have another preset that seems to have same string in preset, but LRC never gets confused with that one, which is confusing...
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There could be another cause, that's just a guess.