LIGHTROOM - Smart collections staying with the Catalog?

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I have two computers (desktop and laptop) and a portable hard drive with my catalog on it. It seems the Smart Collections I create on one computer do not show up when I switch to the other.

How do/Can I resolve this?
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Lynn Oakleaf

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Smart Collections are specific to each Catalog.  If you set them up in the same catalog that the pictures were in it should work.  If you set them up in another catalog within Lightroom, they won't show up in the shoot you are referring to.  You would have to import the images into the catalog you set up the smart collections for it to work. 
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"a portable hard drive with my catalog on it."

Does the hard drive actually contain a Lightroom catalog, that is, a folder containing the .lrcat file?  Or do you only store the photos on the hard drive, with a separate catalog (folder with .lrcat file) on each computer?

If you're not sure, do Catalog Settings > General on each computer to see the location of the catalog.
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Catalog is on the drive. 

Please note that I have been using LR for 5 years as a professional photographer but only on a single computer. 

I just opened a studio and wanted the option to edit on the go bought a laptop and a portable drive.
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The most used method photographers use in these kind of settings (work on location and edit/archive at home) is to export the images shot 'as a catalog' in Lightroom on computer 1 (choose the option include negatives) and at home (computer 2) choose import catalog (in Lightroom). In this way the smart collection from computer 1 is transfered to computer 2.
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Will try it.  Thank you for the help!
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Many users keep their catalog on an external drive -- which method works best for you depends on your workflow.    

Did you do Catalog Settings > General to verify that in fact you are opening the external-drive copy of your catalog on both computers?
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