Lightroom: Selected in filmstrip are not keyworded; only most selected is.

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When more photos are selected in filmstrip, keywording will only effect the most selected photo. The other selected photos does not get the keywords.

This is how the error occurs:
1. From Grid-view click on a photo to see large version. Filmstrip displays below.
2. Select some (typical identical) photos in filmstrip (CTRL+click mouse to select)
3. Key in keywords that are relevant for all the selected photos.
4. Hit ENTER to store the keywords.
5. Keywords are only stored on the "most selected" photo. The remaining selected photos have no keywords.
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You need to be in Grid view to apply it to multiple photos, or check Metadata menu > Enable Auto Sync (but be careful, that'll apply any metadata to all selected photos)
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When selecting photos in the GRID view, the keywords are added to all the selected photos. The error is isolated to Loupe view.

This does not makes sense. In GRID view with filmstrip you can see the selected both in grid and in filmstrip - indicating that the selection is the same function.

What's the point anyway to select something in filmstrip, if it wasn't for doing something with the selection?

After all, you can select in filmstrip in all the other modules, e.g. Map, Book, Print without this error!
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|> "The error is isolated to Loupe view".

To be clear, this behavior is as designed, and therefore, technically, it's not an "error", per se..

Don't get me wrong - I think photo targeting is the most confusing aspect of using Lightroom, and I'm sure targeting goofs are one of the most frequent errors people make, even experienced people like me.

I rallied for years to simplify it until I ran out of steam. I now accept it may never change, unless maybe an all new redesigned program takes it's place.. - the current behavior is probably just too entrenched at this point. - hope I'm wrong..

The bottom line: you just have to get used to it - to apply keywords to all, press 'g' first (or use auto-sync..), for one, press 'e'.
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Sorry, I tend to disagree. If not a functional error, then an error in design and expected behaviour. If you can select in filmstrip for book, map and other modules, this should also be avaialble for keywording as it is in Gridview where selection on filmstrip are displayed accordingly. It simply doesn't make sense the way it is working today!
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Well, since it works how Adobe intended, you can't legitimately claim it's a bug, even if behavior was unexpected by you. Of course we're all entitled to our opinions about whether the design suits our personal tastes.

Don't get me wrong - I'm on your side here. I agree that there are aspects of photo targeting design that leave something to be desired, but that doesn't change the facts:

* It's not a bug.
* You and I have 2 choices: use as is, or use another software package.

OK, maybe I'm wrong and Adobe will soon see the error of their ways, but I doubt this will change anytime soon, if ever.

The bottom line: once you know how it works, you can just use it that way, and let go of how you wish it worked..

Cheers,
Rob
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It's not the default behaviour, because if you're looking at a single photo on screen (maybe even with the filmstrip hidden), you may not realise that you have additional photos selected and can overwrite metadata accidentally. You could destroy hours of work! In the other modules you mention, that's not an issue.

But if you want it to work the way you expect, always applying actions to all selected photos, just enable Auto Sync and it'll behave the way you think it should.
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Makes sense - in a way. Thank you for clarification.