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How to change first export folder?

Engaged ,
Nov 27, 2016 Nov 27, 2016

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When I click export (with a preset) it always first shows me a folder/window from my Pictures - 2013-05-13

 

How can I make it change to a different folder?

 

(Now Lightroom Classic 2023)  Windows 10

 

Thank-you for any help - time to solve this mystery of 3 yrs!

 

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Community Beginner , Jun 03, 2021 Jun 03, 2021

I have been struggling with the same question and could not find the solution for a while, - until now.
It is an old question, but since there was no clear answer, I hope my description might still help others.

 

For the export presets where you choose to "Choose folder later", you can set the starting point/folder using the following steps:

1. First, choose "Specific folder" -> button "Choose" - select the folder you want as the starting point for all your future selections.

2. Do not save the prese

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Community Expert , Jul 26, 2023 Jul 26, 2023

Try this-

1) Click on the Preset to open it in the Export Dialog

2) In the [Export Location] panel of the Export dialog- 

    Change the [Export To:]  field to be "Specific folder"

    Click on [Choose...]  and use the file explorer to choose the folder that YOU want for the exported files.

2023-07-27 10_28_47-Export One File.jpg

3) Now- UPDATE the Preset by a [Right-Click] on the Preset name in the Export Presets panel, and select-

   [Update with Current Settings]

2023-07-27 10_30_01-Clipboard.jpg

 

IF you want to use the [Choose Folder later] option (and Update t

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LEGEND ,
Nov 27, 2016 Nov 27, 2016

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So you don't see the Export dialog window like this?

Export dialog 2.PNG

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LEGEND ,
Nov 27, 2016 Nov 27, 2016

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This is a better representation of the Export dialog window.

Export Dialog 3.PNG

You don't get that dialog window?

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Engaged ,
Nov 27, 2016 Nov 27, 2016

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Yes I see that dialog window whenever I choose Export. I don't see it when I choose a preset.

For "Export To:" I choose "Choose Folder Later"

And at this point - I have learned since posting above in the first place - that the folder location it opens up too - is a different 'fixed' location for every single preset I have lol.... and I wish All of them would open to a folder of my own choosing...

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LEGEND ,
Nov 27, 2016 Nov 27, 2016

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Since you have chosen "ask me later" for the folder location, LR is going to ask you every time.

The alternative would be to choose the folder from the Export dialog.

Since you have different "default" folders listed in each of your export presets, the easiest (not prettiest) thing to do would be to use Notepad.exe to edit the export presets so that they have a more generic root folder selected as the default.

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Engaged ,
Nov 28, 2016 Nov 28, 2016

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Thank-you for your reply,

When you mention different "default" folders listed for each export preset - I did not choose any of them consciously, I have no idea how each folder was chosen, but when it opens, I don't know how to change the location to open them.

Where do I find the export presets to edit with Notepad.

Seems like this would be an issue for most everyone who chooses "Choose Folder Later"

I will try the "Choose Folder" now option and see if it is a pain...

Thank-you, best regards.

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LEGEND ,
Nov 28, 2016 Nov 28, 2016

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On windows, the export presets are at

C:\Users\my_username\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Lightroom\Export Presets\

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Engaged ,
Nov 29, 2016 Nov 29, 2016

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Thank-you for the location - I moved mine but found it.

and yeah, I ain't messing around with that

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New Here ,
Mar 09, 2019 Mar 09, 2019

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I'm also in this case, can you show me how to fix it?

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LEGEND ,
Mar 09, 2019 Mar 09, 2019

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Near the top of the file, you are looking to edit the line:

  export_destinationPathPrefix = "D:\\tmp\\_pics",

Note: on Windows you need to double the backslashes.

If you want the location to be unchanged from the previous export, delete the whole line.

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New Here ,
Oct 23, 2020 Oct 23, 2020

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It works, thank you! 🙂

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 03, 2021 Jun 03, 2021

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I have been struggling with the same question and could not find the solution for a while, - until now.
It is an old question, but since there was no clear answer, I hope my description might still help others.

 

For the export presets where you choose to "Choose folder later", you can set the starting point/folder using the following steps:

1. First, choose "Specific folder" -> button "Choose" - select the folder you want as the starting point for all your future selections.

2. Do not save the preset, keep it open

3. Choose "Choose folder later (...)"

4. Save the preset (or right-click on the preset on the left and "Update with the current setting").

After this, when you will be exporting with this preset, the window for selecting folders will open with the folder specified in step 1.

 

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Jul 30, 2021 Jul 30, 2021

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Thank you so much!!!

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Jan 15, 2023 Jan 15, 2023

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Heck ya, I had this issue a year ago, and now that my catolog is in a new year, couldn't remember how to change it for the life of me, and neither could anyone at Adobe support, so THANK YOU!!!

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Engaged ,
Jan 23, 2023 Jan 23, 2023

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Late response - and again I had this issue - and did a search - found my own question here from the previous time I had this issue - and see your "Correct Answer" which worked splendidly - Thank-You!

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May 04, 2023 May 04, 2023

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Thank you so much! You have no idea how helpfull it was! 🙂

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Engaged ,
Jul 26, 2023 Jul 26, 2023

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This Solution is not working now - after so many years it seems like Lrc should have this process fixed.
When I shoose an export preset - the first folder to open is September 2018. I want it to open a more central starting point folder.

How do I set my export folder starting point?

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Jul 26, 2023 Jul 26, 2023

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Try this-

1) Click on the Preset to open it in the Export Dialog

2) In the [Export Location] panel of the Export dialog- 

    Change the [Export To:]  field to be "Specific folder"

    Click on [Choose...]  and use the file explorer to choose the folder that YOU want for the exported files.

2023-07-27 10_28_47-Export One File.jpg

3) Now- UPDATE the Preset by a [Right-Click] on the Preset name in the Export Presets panel, and select-

   [Update with Current Settings]

2023-07-27 10_30_01-Clipboard.jpg

 

IF you want to use the [Choose Folder later] option (and Update the Current Settings once again), then after applying the "Specific Folder" steps above, you might find that the default folder has changed.

 

Regards. My System: Lightroom-Classic 13.2 Photoshop 25.5, ACR 16.2, Lightroom 7.2, Lr-iOS 9.0.1, Bridge 14.0.2, Windows-11.

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Engaged ,
Jul 28, 2023 Jul 28, 2023

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Thank-you - I was not notified of your reply - I eventually realized the "Update Settings" was the missing ingrediet - as you mention.

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