Collection Search Field Missing


Today’s Question: I’ve seen you demonstrate how you can search the list of folders or collections in Lightroom Classic. However, while I have the search field for folders, it is missing for the collections list. Am I missing something, or is there a way to get it back?

Tim’s Quick Answer: It sounds like you’ve just inadvertently hidden the search field for Collections, which you can bring back by clicking the plus (+) icon and choosing “Show Collections Filter” from the popup menu.

More Detail: There are search fields available for both the Folders and Collections lists on the left panel in the Library module in Lightroom Classic, which enable you to perform a text search to filter either list. This can make it much easier to quickly navigate to a particular folder or collection.

You can also click the magnifying glass icon at the left side of the search field to bring up a popup with various filtering options, such as to filter folders or collections by color label.

The search field is always present within the Folders section, but the field for the Collections section can be hidden. If you tend not to use collections very much you might prefer to hide the search field, for example.

Of course, if you’ve accidentally hidden the field, it can be a little confusing. Fortunately, you can reveal (or hide) the search field by clicking the plus (+) icon to the right of the Collections heading and then choosing “Show Collections Filter” from the popup menu.