LIGHTROOM - Is there way to permanently disable Stacking?

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Lightroom seems to pick and choose when it want to stack. This is annoying and I need to see all images associated with an original file. Even if I unstack one series, i have to do these individually at times. Then for reasons unknown to me, the images get restacked.

Is there a way to permanently TURN OFF "Stacking" 

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you haven't provide any specifics but these are the settings that affect stacking / grouping of images:

1) Lightroom->Preferences->General->Import Options->Treat JPEG files next to raw as separate files

2) Lightroom->Preferences->External Editing->Stack With Original

3) Library Module::Photo->Stacking->Auto-Stack by Capture Time...

They address different aspects of stacking; 2+3 is "genuine" stacking and probably related to what you are experiencing; 1 is more "grouping" JPEG and RAW versions of a single photo into one so probably unrelated.

1) is off and 2) is on by default; 3) is an active choice. In my experience there is no random / nondeterministic stacking behaviour. The only case I can think of is external editing where multiple photos are used as the source e.g. "Open as Layers in PhotoShop" or "Merge to Panorama" where the resulting image does NOT become part of a stack even if the source images are in a stack. But again only managed for completeness as your aim is to disable stacking.

I wouldn't be surprised if your issue is related to 3).


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Thanks for the info. I use external editing to photoshop for editing, not jpeg. Hopefully,  option 2 will do the trick. I missed that when reviewing preferences.

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