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P: add a warning/confirmation before keywords are moved or re-parented

Community Beginner ,
May 31, 2023 May 31, 2023

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I have my Lightroom catalog configured to write metadata (including keywords) to XMP files.  Some keywords are used on thousands of files.  It's very easy to accidentally drag a keyword to a new parent in the keyword hierachy list.  When that happens, the system goes crazy applying the update to every file that uses that keyword.  As soon as the keyword lands under the new parent keyword, my CPU utilization goes through the roof.  When I hear the fan going full speed, I realize that I accidentally moved another keyword.   There is no way to abort this operation, the updates are proceed regardless of how long it takes.  Even if you quickly move the keyword back to it's proper location in the hierarchy it can take hours for Lightroom to complete all of the unwanted updates to XMP files.  If  you try to close Lightroom it doesn't help because Lightroom just resumes the update process the next time you start it up.  In addition to the inconvenience of having these run-away updates, I am concerned about possibly damaging a file.

Please provide a warning message when keywords are dragged to a new location in the keyword hierarchy so I can cancel the keyword change and avoid needless out-of-control updates to thousands of files.

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Jun 04, 2023 Jun 04, 2023

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Just out of curiosity: I could imagine that you drag a keyword onto the wrong parent by mistake. But dragging a keyword without wanting to drag that keyword at all? I have a very hard time imagining that. What did you actually want to do in that situation?

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Jun 05, 2023 Jun 05, 2023

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Yes, I've done it several times by mistake.  Recently I needed to update keywords on thousands of images.  Apparently, moving too fast, I sometimes leave the mouse button clicked too long and accidentally drag the keyword out of it's parent.  It always ends up as a root keyword.  It seems like this is the only situation with Lightroom where you can initiate an update so many files without the option of first receiving a warning.

Thank you for considering this enhancement to Lightroom.

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