Lightroom Classic: Search is not working

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Searching Lightroom library does not reveal images containing the search terms in the images' meta. For example, an image with the title "Appleseed, John" does not reveal when searching for images with the title "Appleseed", "Apple","Ap", ect. 

LR 8.1; OS X 14.2


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Michael Verzella

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  • my life waste away

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Choose another search criteria, look at the screenshot ...



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Michael Verzella

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Thank you, but no dice.  
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Did You select 'All Photograps' ?
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If Roelof's suggestion to select All Photographs doesn't help, please post a full-resolution screenshot of your entire LR window. That will usually give clues as to what's going on.
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Here is that image. Thanks for any insights.



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Strange. A couple more troubleshooting steps: 

1. Does "Jason" return the photo?

2. Does this occur with other photos or just the photo shown in the screenshot?
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John, thank you, and I apologize that I lost sight of this thread. 

- 'Jason' does not return the photo. His set does not show by using any of his logged keywords.
- It does occur with other photos, but not all photos. Most of my library can still be recalled with search.

I have not determined what may be special about these photos which do not appear in a search vs those that do.

We have since seen a new version of Lightroom, and I have moved to a new computer. The search problem persists on this catalog
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As an experiment, try creating a new test catalog. In that catalog, do File > Import From Another Catalog and select your original catalog.  Chose the option File Handling: Add New Photos To Catalog Without Moving.  Then select just the folders containing at least some of the problem photos.

In that new test catalog, can you successfully search for "Jason"?

Importing catalogs like this sometimes appears to rebuild the search indexing. If this test works, you could then try importing your entire original catalog into the new catalog.  This testing won't harm your original catalog.