Two Lightroom questions: Adding metadata for multiple pictures and appending Metadata with presets

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I'm new to LR and am using 4.1. I'm moving from iView after many years and trying to figure out my new workflow. I'm having a couple of problems with applying keywords and other metadata.

1) From reading the help files (http://help.adobe.com/en_US/lightroom...) it appears that I should be able to select multiple pictures in the grid view then go to the metadata panel and apply some IPTC Metadata (Categories, location, etc.) and have it be applied to all selected pictures. That does not appear to be happening. It only gets applied to the "most" selected. Am I doing something wrong?

2) Is there a way to have Metadata be appended instead of overwriting (other than keywords). In iView I had a preset for each of my kids. It would add them to the people field and add a keyword tag and a category (for pictures that were of their event but they weren't necessarily in the picture). If both kids were in the picture I would apply both presets serially and those fields would just get appended to. In LR if I apply the preset for Kid #1 and then apply the preset for kid #2 it appears that it overwrites all data( other than the keywords) instead of appending them. Is there another way to do what I'm trying to accomplish?

I've searched the forum and didn't find an answer to either of these so I hope I didn't miss it and am asking questions that have already been answered. Thank you for your patience.
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to 1): make sure that...
a) you are in grid view
b) and Metadata -> "Show metadata for target photo only" is NOT selected
Otherwise, metadata changes only apply to the active photo (= target photo). Note: "Show metadata for target photo only" only affects the metadata shown in and modified using the metadata panel. It does not affect keywords, QuickDevelop, changes made via menu commands and changes made via the toolbar - all these affect all selected photos (but only if in grid view).

An alternative is to assign metadata using the context menu in the filmstrip, which always applies to all selected photos. Another alternative is to activate the "Auto Sync" (little switch on the "Sync" button) - but this could be dangerous when it is forgotten.
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Thanks for the reply. I did have Show metadata for target photo only marked so that is what the problem is. I have no idea how that got marked since I had no idea it existed. Maybe that is the default? No matter I suppose. So, that answers my first question.

However, one more question about your answer though. I don't know what you mean by the context menu in the filmstrip though. I thought you might mean what comes up when you right click but I could only see how to add things like labels, flags, and metadata presets. I couldn't see where I could add things like captions, categories, etc. ad hoc. Am I missing something?

Thank you very much for your answer.

So, one question down, one to go. ;) Does anyone have an answer for question #2 in my original post? ;)
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Concerning the film strip (and other menu commands): Sorry, yes, I was a little vague there: Of course you are right: You cannot enter directly caption, category, etc. You can only paste metadata and apply metadata presets - although it is possible to first *copy* arbitrary metadata (you can freely enter values there) and then *paste* them. However, that is very cumbersome compared to the metadata panel.

So the metadata panel is the only place (I think) where you can freely and *directly* enter metadata.

P.S. Concerning your question #2: Sorry, I don't know a definitive answer, but I am afraid that is not possible. Perhaps others know more - or perhaps there is a plugin for that.