Lightroom: show clipping only when rgb are ALL at 100%

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"show Clipping" (j) shows the areas, where one or more of rgb is 100%.
Is it possible to show the clipping when r AND g AND b are 100%?
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Take a look in the histogram. When enabled, the colours of the black or white clipping arrows will indicate if only one, two or three colours are clipped.
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...and to see the affected areas in the photo itself, hold down the Alt key while moving the exposure slider (just holding it in place will also do). White areas are clipped in R+G+B (yellow areas in R+G, etc.).

P.S. This also works with the recovery slider or the new lights/white-sliders in LR4 beta.
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Thanks LRuser24, this is currently my workaround. I would like to have it shown like the "normal" clipping, would speed up my workflow tremendously
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Thanks John, Not sure I know what you mean. I would like to see where not all colours are clipped, so I can make them. The task is to have certain areas in the pic completely blown out.
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ok, it seems that nobody shoots on white and has to clean up a little ? ... would be nice with LR, if you could view the left over greys ... anybody? or it simply does not work with LR?
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With the alt/option click on slider ‘overlay’, if you see white, all three channels are clipped to white (the opposite is true for black). If you see red, green or blue, then just that channel is clipped.

It gets interesting when you see cyan, yellow or magenta. Here you are seeing TWO clipped channels. The easy way to decipher is to take the opposite color seen (lets say magenta). The opposite of that color is green. So not green being clipped. So a magenta color is red and blue clipping. Yellow would be red and green etc. Cyan would indicate green and blue.

These colors also show up on either end of the histogram if clipped.
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I think the (refined) question was not how to display this information, but how to enable this display **permanently**. If one wants to "blow out" white backgrounds on a large number of product e.g. photos, this would indeed speed up the workflow considerably - and relieve the hands (because one does not have to press/release the Alt key again and again).

As far as I know, this is not possible with LR3, and I didn't see any change in LR4Beta. Perhaps there is a plugin?

P.S. Another workaround would be to permanently hold down the Alt key while working on the photos. Because Alt + left/right-arrow sees to be the same as left/right-arrow alone to switch between photos, this would be ok as long no buttons or commands are used that have different meanings with Alt.

Edit: However, this Workaround (as the Alt-feature itself) has one serious drawback: You don't see the correctly exposed part of the photo itself - because it is mostly black.
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Thanks LRuser24, that's exactly what I meant. Thanks for rewording my poorly phrased question. Maybe now somebody has more input?
I my humble opinion, it should not be too difficult - technically - to incorporate this in LR, since all the necessary is already there.
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If you want to blow out the bkgnd, turn on the highlight clipping overlay in the histogram (far right) then move the slider (Exposure, Whites etc depending on what version of LR you are using) till it all appears red with the clipping overlay. Copy and paste onto other similar images (understanding that this doesn’t guarantee a prefect result as is the case with any copy and paste settings on groups of images).
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after checking out LR4, the clipping is worse. The show clipping is NOT accurate ... even points where all 3 channels are NOT 100% it gives a red. And the same with ALT and exposure movement. all looks blown out, but Photoshop shows the errors ... have to go back to 3.6 until it is solved :-(