Hiding parent folder hides all subfolders

New Here ,
May 01, 2017 May 01, 2017

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I have a macbook, and an external hard drive for my photos in lightroom (6.8)

My folder structure looks like this in Lightroom:

Folders:

Macintosh HD 3/120GB

--> /

------> Volumes

---------->Buffalo

---------------> (a set of subfolders)

--------------------> (all subfolders by year, which include my photos)

Now, I want to shorten this whole folder structure so that all that I see is the "all subfolders by year", because no of the other parents have any pictures in them.

Right-clicking the "/" folder allows me to hide this parent, and all works fine. However, right-clicking "Volumes" and pressing "Hide this parent" results in all subfolders being removed from the folder structure (though no photos or subfolders are "deleted", they're simply not viewed. I can reverse the action by clicking command z). After this, the whole folder selection in the left bar is empty.

Right clicking "Buffalo" or any of the "set of subfolders" does not show any alternative to hide the parent folders.

How should I go about to only be able to see my subfolders by year?

Thank you

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May 05, 2017 May 05, 2017

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any answers to this?

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May 07, 2017 May 07, 2017

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Nope. I cannot replicate

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 08, 2017 May 08, 2017

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Make sure you have an up-to-date catalog backup.

Then repeat the process, hide the "/", then hide "Volumes". If all folders disappear, at that point close Lightroom and restart it....you should find everything is then OK, but if not....well, that's why you take the catalog backup first.

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May 12, 2022 May 12, 2022

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Did you have any success in this? I am running into the same thing. For some reason all of my external drives in use or not are no longer listed as a drive and are now subfolders to the parent folder "Volumes". I am not sure what I did that made that change. Everything I can find says to delete the parent folder "Volumes" and then all of the subfolder (external drives) will be moved back to showing as drives like they were. When I do "hide this parent folder" all of the subfolders disappear as well. I am hesitant to restart lightroom because I dont know how to get it back after the fact other than an Edit-> Undo.  Any advice would be appreciated! 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 13, 2022 May 13, 2022

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You need to restart Lightroom for it to work... Make a catalog backup before you use 'Hide this parent' if you are reluctant about this. Making regular catalog backups is something you should always do anyway.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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May 13, 2022 May 13, 2022

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It worked, thanks for the encouragment to just do it. I do regular back ups but it was still daunting. Thanks! 

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