Updating library folders: showing a new subfolder

Explorer ,
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Hi,

I created a subfolder outside Lightroom (Windows). But how can I update the folder view in the library to show this new folder? 

 

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Adobe Community Professional , Dec 06, 2021 Dec 06, 2021

There is an option "Add Folder" which makes a given folder visible that would not otherwise show, as a result of the locations of the imported images. That might be useful if you then plan to virtually drag-drop images' locations within Lr Classic Folders panel, whereupon LrC instructs the operating system to implement those moves for real.

 

The catalog holds "as recorded" file path information for all the imported images, and that is what the folders panel is referring to - you are effectively s

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LEGEND ,
Dec 04, 2021 Dec 04, 2021

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Put a photo in this folder, and then import the photo into Lightroom Classic.

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Thanks, but there is only this workaround?

 

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Hi,

I created a subfolder outside Lightroom (Windows).

In the future, you may want to do all this inside of LR so it 'knows' what is what. So file naming, folder creation and renaming, deleting images etc. Anything you can do like this outside LR, you can do inside it as well.


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I created a subfolder outside Lightroom (Windows).

In the future, you may want to do all this inside of LR so


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yes, I know. But this was a special case. And updating the folder structure should be a stadard feature of LR – as it is standard e.g. in Dreamweaver.

 

 

 

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quoteAnd updating the folder structure should be a stadard feature of LR – as it is standard e.g. in Dreamweaver.

It updates folder location, not automatically.

There is the "Update Folder Location" command for this.

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Lightroom Classic is not Dreamweaver, it is a database. It is also not a file browser like Windows Explorer or Mac Finder. It doesn't know about new folders unless you create the folder in Lightroom Classic, or unless you import photos from that folder using ADD.

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@mycc wrote:
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I created a subfolder outside Lightroom (Windows).

In the future, you may want to do all this inside of LR so


By @thedigitaldog



yes, I know. But this was a special case. And updating the folder structure should be a stadard feature of LR – as it is standard e.g. in Dreamweaver.


 

Why should Lightroom be able to do everything that Dreamweaver can do? These are totally different beasts. Lightroom can also not make coffee, even though my coffee machine can do that.

 

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Dec 06, 2021 Dec 06, 2021

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Good to know, DW is not LR!

 

But LR has a file/folder menu, too. And no option to update this file/folder listing as it is possible not only in DW.

 

We live in a strange world – digital and analog.

 

THANKS & BYE.

 

 

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quoteBut LR has a file/folder menu, too. And no option to update this file/folder listing as it is possible not only in DW.

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What file/folder menu? And want makes you believe that means it should do anything like you think it should automatically.

Again, LR has a command to locate missing folders and update all this. And it works. You just need to understand how it works, why it works and when to use it.


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There is an option "Add Folder" which makes a given folder visible that would not otherwise show, as a result of the locations of the imported images. That might be useful if you then plan to virtually drag-drop images' locations within Lr Classic Folders panel, whereupon LrC instructs the operating system to implement those moves for real.

 

The catalog holds "as recorded" file path information for all the imported images, and that is what the folders panel is referring to - you are effectively seeing the output from a database query. The actual file storage is NOT the source for what this panel shows; that storage does not even need to be currently accessible.

 

At root the way to alter what the folders panel shows, is to update what file path information the Catalog has got recorded against the respective images. Importing images causes new images plus their containing folders to show, but folders will not otherwise show merely because they exist on disk (unless with a manual "Add Folder", or "Show Parent Folder"). Images will never show, if they are not imported. When the arrangements of the storage are externally changed behind LrC's back, then this introduces a mismatch. That mismatch can be cleared up by informing the LrC Catalog of that external change.

 

Analogy: say you move house but don't tell anyone, people and organisations will continue to (try to) contact you at your old address, and in good faith will continue to list you as still living there, knowing no different... until you inform them of the change. That is in the nature of records.

 

To the extent we can understand and treat the Catalog in these terms - as paperwork ABOUT all these images and folders, rather than a view of those directly - so much the better, and the more intuitive.

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