Survey mode problems with 2nd monitor in Lightroom CC

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Firstly I have auto sync turned off.

If I open Survey mode on my primary monitor by pressing 'N' everything works fine. But if instead of pressing 'N' I choose to open up survey mode on my 2nd monitor by clicking 'Shift + N', leaving the primary monitor in Grid Mode, any flags or ratings I set from the 2nd monitor get duplicated onto all selected photos as opposed to just the photo with the white border around it.

I used this workflow constantly in previous versions with no problem.

In addition to the above I have another question.

When I open survey mode on the 2nd monitor why does it not show the current flag and pick status under each image as it does when working only from the primary monitor?

When surveying 16x images at a time it makes it very hard to use as after a short while I forget which images I have flagged and which ones I have not. I end up having to look back at the primary monitor which does show the flag and pick status under each image to remind myself of which images are still to be picked or rejected.

Not sure if this is a bug or a lack or forethought?

I am using Lightroom CC on Windows 8.1 with LR CC 2015.0.1.

Any suggestions?
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If I'm understanding you correctly, there's a difference between having Survey on primary or secondary monitor. When using keyboard shortcuts, LR doesn't know which screen you're looking at, so it always applies them to whatever's showing on the primary screen. That hasn't changed for years (ever?).

So if you want to use Survey on your other screen, you're better to put it on your primary window and move that window over to your other monitor and put the Grid on the secondary window, then you'll get a result closer to what you're expecting.
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Hi Victoria - Thanks for the reply.

Let me try to explain a little better. I have 3x monitors (left, middle & right). I use my middle monitor as my primary and my right monitor as an additional monitor when using Lightroom.

This is my problem:

1:
On the primary (middle) monitor I am in the Library Module and using Grid View. I select 6 images by clicking on first, holding Shift and clicking on the last.

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I press 'Shift + N' to open Survey View on the 2nd additional monitor. The 6 selected images are shown on the 2nd additional monitor. The first image shows the white selection box around it. On the primary (middle) monitor the 6 selected images are highlighted with the first image having a slightly brighter highlight to show it is the currently selected/active image.

At this stage I can change the currently selected/active image by either clicking on the image on the primary (middle) monitor that is in Grid View or by clicking on the image on the 2nd additional monitor being used for Survey View. Regardless of which monitor I complete either of these actions from the white selection box on the 2nd additional monitor showing the Survey View changes to reflect the new active image. The brighter highlight on the primary monitor also changes to reflect the new active image.

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If I select an image on the 2nd additional monitor by left clicking on it and pressing either 'X' or 'P' to change it's pick status all of the images within the Survey View and Grid View have there pick status changed and not just the active image with the white selection box around it as occurs when I am in Survey View solely on the primary monitor. By the same token clicking on an image on the primary monitor in Grid View and pressing either 'X' or 'P' to change it's pick status all of the images within the Survey View and Grid View have there pick status changed and not just the active image.

This problem occurs regardless of which monitor I choose to use as primary and which as the 2nd additional monitor.
If I do not use the additional monitor Survey View works just fine on the one primary monitor. In my view this makes using the 2nd monitor impractical.

Hopefully I have explained myself a little better. Any suggestions or clarification would be greatly appreciated.
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Yep, I'm following you.

Ignore which physical monitor you're using, and just focus on Lightroom's windows - the primary one which has the Filmstrip and panels on it, and the secondary one which is simpler.

When you use a keyboard shortcut, Lightroom always assumes you're looking at the primary one - in the example you gave, that's the one with the Grid, so it's doing grid-type action (assigning it to all the selected photos).

To get it to work the way you want, you need the Survey view on the primary window (e.g. hide the panels) and the Grid view on the secondary window (Shift-G). You can move them round so they're on whichever physical monitor you like. When you then press the X key, Lightroom only applies to the active photo on the primary window - the one you're selecting in the survey view.

I know it's confusing!!!
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Thanks for persevering Victoria.

Your workflow works perfectly. I knew I just had to look at the problem from a different angle. Thank you for showing me that angle!
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You're welcome. It's a tough one to explain!