You can use the Metadata-Viewer Preset Editor plugin to configure your own viewer presets. If you're technically minded, you could download the free Lightroom SDK and configure new presets manually using a text editor -- it's pretty well documented but tedious.
Metadata Field Lists. I have read that configuring the list is "deprecated". I can't believe any serious Lightroom user doesn't want to configure this list to show what they use in a way they want to see it.
I got into this again because of new computers and wanting to store the "settings" with the database. I couldn't get metadata field lists to work, and discovered it has to go in the Users directory not where I want it to go.
Metadata Field Lists.
Do you mean the set of metadata fields displayed in the Metadata panel in the right column of Library?
I have read that configuring the list is "deprecated".
Where did you read that? Configuring custom metadata tagsets continues to be supported and well-documented in the LR 6 Software Development Kit for plugins.
I couldn't get metadata field lists to work,
Did you try the Metadata-Viewer Preset Editor? If not, what exactly did you try?
I've used metadata field lists for years -- from nearly the beginning of Jeffry's efforts on this.
I didn't say it didn't work. I said you can now store the LR settings with the database, but not these settings. I like to have everything of mine in a place where I know where it is and can back it up. So when I set up a new computer I decided to configure it that settings are stored with the database. It turns out there are several settings that aren't picked up from the location I specify and have to be in the Users structure on Windows.
I'm very glad to hear it is not deprecated. I read it on some web page when I was trying to find out why it wasn't working on my new computer (where I had set store settings with database). The page wrote that you have to put it in the default location and then claimed it is deprecated.
Thanks very much for the quick reply! My problem is solved, if not in the most logical way... One of my settings is living in the nasty Users structure.