Unstacking seems to delete all but top file of stack

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Hello, hoping someone can shed some light on an issue with stacking... I'm currently running LR on a Mac using the Adobe subscription. Prior to that I have worked my way up through the CD versions so my archive had stacks created from the CD time onwards. When I have recently tried to unstack a group of photos it looks like nothing unstacks, all I see is the top file of the stack and the number indicating how many stacked items in the little box top right of the image is now gone. I did a fast test, stacked two files and unstacked them and it seemd to work fine. I think the issue may be that items I stacked before using the CC version are somehow not responding properly. Can anyone shed light on this? Is it possible the files can be deleted using the stacking feature at all? Thanks in advance!
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I wonder if you have your sort-order set in Library to Added Order so the unstacked items are going to a position elsewhere in your list of thumbnails rather than next to the one item you see.   If the items all have the same first part of the filename and just have -Edit or .tif or something at the end, then change your Sort Order in Library to Filename or Capture Time and see if things end up together.
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Hi Steve, I have View set to Capture Time... they are a sequence of the same subject with variations.
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To troubleshoot this, do these precise steps:

1. Make sure you have selected All Photographs in the Catalog panel on the left of Library.

2. Make sure Library > Enable Filters is unchecked (filters are off).

3. Select one of the stacks. If it is collapsed, click on the number in the upper-left corner of the thumbnail to expand it.

4. Select all of the photos in the expanded stack and do Photo > Set Color Label > Blue.

5. With those photos still selected, do Photo > Stacking > Unstack.

6. Make sure the Library Filter bar is showing by doing View > Show Filter Bar.

6. In the Filter bar, click on Attribute and then the blue square:



At this point, the formerly stacked photos, labeled blue, should be showing.  Are they?
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Hi John, thanks for your response... OK I went to try your solution but I think in all my prior tinkering I have expanded ALL stacks as I can't find any numbered boxes in left corner anymore.

Is the gist of your solution to be working in 'All photographs' and with NO filtering at all going on, when playing with stacks?

What are the differences between Unstacked, Expanded or Collapsed?? Does "expand" maintain the stack but show what's in there?

What is the rationale behind steps 4 onwards, why the color label blue?
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LR stacks can be confusing. My troubleshooting steps are just to narrow down what might be going on in your situation.  

A stack of photos is either collapsed, showing just the top photo, or expanded, showing all photos in the stack. In either case, the thumbnails in a stack will show a count in the upper-left corner.  You can expand and collapse as many times as you want, but the photos remain in the stack.

Unstacking removes all the photos from stack, eliminating the stack entirely.

"I have expanded ALL stacks as I can't find any numbered boxes in left corner anymore."

If you select All Photographs (step 1 above) and turn off filtering (step 2), you see no stack counts in the upper-left corners?   If that's true, there are no stacks in your folders.

However, you may have created stacks when viewing collections.   Confusingly, stacks in collections are completely separate from stacks in folders (including All Photographs).  When viewing a collection, you can only see stacks created in that collection, and when in a folder, you can only see stacks created in that folder (or in All Photographs).  

So make sure filtering is off and click on each of your collections.  Do you see any stacks (thumbnails with a count in the upper-left)?
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Many seem gone, but I have found one after a lot of scrolling (47,000 pics)
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"Many seem gone, but I have found one after a lot of scrolling (47,000 pics)"

Was that when in All Photographs or when viewing a collection?
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The expand stack allowed me to see all the pics as you said, so it seems to be working. I'm no longer sure what other stacks I had going, I'll have to plow through at another time, unless I do a Collapse All Stacks, then they will revert back into the format showing the numbered box in the left corner??
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that was All Photographs
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"The expand stack allowed me to see all the pics as you said, so it seems to be working. I'm no longer sure what other stacks I had going, I'll have to plow through at another time, unless I do a Collapse All Stacks, then they will revert back into the format showing the numbered box in the left corner??"

Regardless of whether a stack is expanded or collapsed, you should see the count in the upper-left corner.
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Unless I unstacked it, in which case they are all free agents again, correct?
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Correct.
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Thanks for your help, John. I appreciate it.