Entering Keyword Hierarchies in Lightroom 5

There’s been a change in method for entering a keyword hierarchy in Lightroom 5.

The > now indicates a parent to child relationship, the exact opposite of older versions. It makes sense in that the parent is greater than the child.

Here’s a random example where we start at the top and work our way down, unlike previous versions where we start at the bottom of the hierarchy.

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After entering, only Button Upholstery will appear (unless you switch to the Keywords & Containing Keywords option).

This is how the keyword hierarchy looks in the Keyword List.

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The pipe symbol | acts in exactly the same way. Lightroom Engineer, Ben Zibble says ‘Note you can still enter hierarchy in bottom-up order if you like, just reverse the sign: “High Back < Chairs < Furniture"'.

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