My library does not show my galleries that link to my hard drive anymore? Where are they?

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Jul 28, 2022 Jul 28, 2022

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Ugh I really do not knwo how to explain myself. I am a photographer. I usually go to lightroom classic click LIBRARY at the top then over on the left under FOLDERS I usually see a long list of galleries that are on my hard drive. I access them there edit etc. 

 

But I had an editor help me with some editing. She sent me the lcat files and I ended up double clicking the lcat file, lightroom restarted and it only showed the galllery she edited. The rest of my list is gone? 

 

How do I get back to my edits and links to my other galleries. I am trying to stay level headed and know there is a way to get back there to my 25 or so galleries... please say there is a way! 

 

I added a movie hoping it would help you understand what I am asking

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Jul 28, 2022 Jul 28, 2022

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Go to File > Open Recent, and you should find your catalog there.

Ligtroom can only have one catalog (lrcat file) open at a time.

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ok great.. I got to another gallery from there... but it does not have all 25 or more of my galleries in "recent" how do I get lightroom to display them all together again?

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Have you created several catalogs?

If so, they will most likely all be found under File > Open recent, if you used them recently.

If you have several entries under Open recent, try to open every one of them.

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This is all I see there. I have maybe 25 catalogs... at least 5 I opened and worked in yesterday Andrea DeWitt, Aurielle Family etc. and none are there? I am starting to sweat now... WHat is frustrating is I have no idea how ot research what it is I am trying to get back to... See where it says 

All I know is under Russell hard drive under the FOLDERS area it used to show all the albums I had worked on there. Now it has only the lcat file I am trying to access 

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Please use the Insert Photos icon in the toolbar to insert screenshots directly.

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The screenshot shows that you're trying to import from another catalog, which is not what you want to do (at least not yet).

Did you try to open every catalog listed under  File > Open Recent?

 

A catalog is a database, that contains the edits and other metadata for images you imported from folders.

The catalog does not contain your images, they are in folders on your hard drive.

Also note that "gallery" is not a concept in Lightroom Classic.

 

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