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I am wanting to edit some images in a particular folder in Lightroom.  When looking at the folder in File Explorer there are almost 100 image files in the particular folder.  However, Lightroom only sees 22 files.  I've selected the folder and tried both IMPORT and SYNCHRONIZE however nothing happens.

How do I fix this?

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Lightroom is not showing all the pictures in a folder

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I am wanting to edit some images in a particular folder in Lightroom.  When looking at the folder in File Explorer there are almost 100 image files in the particular folder.  However, Lightroom only sees 22 files.  I've selected the folder and tried both IMPORT and SYNCHRONIZE however nothing happens.

How do I fix this?

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Hi tonymuffin,

It could be possible that those other 88 images are present in Lightroom and they are in some other folder depending the import settings that you chose.

Would suggest you to pick up the file name of any one those left over 88 images and search for that file name in Lightroom.

To do a search, choose all Photographs in Library Module and press backslash (\) to turn on the filter bar and type in the filename in the text box

search_capture.PNG

This will show the image if it would be there in Lightroom Catalog.

You can right click on that image and choose Go to Folder in Library to get to that folder which contains that image.

Regards,

Chetna

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Ok but that doesn't solve the issue.  I found the picture.  The same picture is listed in another folder.  However, I want the 88 images that are missing from the LR folder to appear in LR in that folder.  How does one fix that and why is this happening?

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It sounds like you might have imported the photos into Lightroom using the COPY option and so Lightroom is referencing a copy in a different folder.

So, when you find the folder in Lightroom that contains the photos that Lightroom is referencing, right-click on the folder name, select Update Folder Location, and point Lightroom to the copy of the photos in the desired folder.

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the imported photos were down via IMPORT not copy.

with that said, the folder containing the 100 images is listed in LR but 88 of the images are not.  Neither IMPORT or SYNCRONIZE do anything.

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tonymuffin wrote:

the imported photos were down via IMPORT not copy.

In the Import dialog box, you must choose COPY or MOVE or ADD or COPY AS DNG. Obviously, you have chosen COPY.

Thus the solution I provided (which doesn't involve Import or Synchronize) will work. You need to find the folder in Lightroom that contains the photos (which is not the same as the folder you are seeing in your operating system with the 100 image).

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There are three types of import: Copy, Copy as DNG, and Add.

Since some of your "missing" images are being referenced in other folders, it sounds like you either did a "copy" import when you wanted an "add" import, or you externally moved the images (using Explorer?) after the images were imported into LR's catalog.

Are your "missing" images shown in the Library grid? Are they marked as missing "!" ?

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That's not correct.  The particular images are indeed in 2 different folders.  So, yes they are duplicates.  However, ALL the folders should be selected when importing the uber folder into LR as it was.  So, both folders should be listed showing the images.  They were NOT copied.  They are not marked as missing.  They simply do not show up in the folder.

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Hi, Tony, you can keep arguing, or you can follow my instructions and the problem will be solved in under 2 minutes.

  1. In Lightroom, find one of the photos in Lightroom that is in the "wrong" folder.
  2. In Lightroom, RIght click on one of these photos and select "Go to Folder in Library"
  3. In Lightroom, on the left hand side, in the Folder section, the "wrong" folder will be highlighted. Right-click on the "wrong" folder name, select Update Folder Location, then select the "right" folder.

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I beg your pardon... I am not arguing.  and as I stated... they images are NOT in the wrong folder.  they are in the correct folders.

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So will you try what I suggested?

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I have to agree with tonymuffin.  This does not solve the problem.  Until recently my "Pictures" in Lightroom have shown about 29,500, now they show 22 for no discernible reason.  I have not changed the settings that I am aware of - so how do I get back to showing 29,500 ??

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Jim Air wrote:

I have to agree with tonymuffin. This does not solve the problem. Until recently my "Pictures" in Lightroom have shown about 29,500, now they show 22 for no discernible reason. I have not changed the settings that I am aware of - so how do I get back to showing 29,500 ??

Please start your own thread with complete details on what problem you are having.

Including what OS you're using and what exact version of LR you are running.

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Why would they have to start their own new thread!? It sounds like the same issue I've been experiencing.  Today I go into Lightroom and there are even more pictures that are no longer there.  The ONLY solution here was to create a completely new catalog. 

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That's not the ONLY solution.

I provided a solution in reply #3 that will allow you to find the photos in Lightroom and then if desired, link the photos in Lightroom to the folder you want them to be in.

It seems that neither person in this thread reporting this problem has even tried to do this, even though it solves the problem.

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I'm having this exact problem. All the images copy to a new folder destination, but no preview thumbnails show up in my lightroom catalog. I've tried 3 separate import > copy attempts and receive "no photos in previous import." Frustrating. Here goes try #4.

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kelseyschork

If you are indeed having the same problem as others in this thread, there have a been a number of solutions suggested, please try them. Importing the photos again is not one of the solutions suggested.

But I am not convinced you have the same problem, and I request you describe your problem in detail.

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so what happened if you don't find them?

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Make sure you don't have any stacks.  This is exactly what I was seeing with CC.  OMG what a fright.  I saw this thread and searched other forums but always "no good answer."  I prepared myself to having to rebuild the database, trying out some exports and imports.  It was going to be a mess.  Then I realized ... duh ... that I had stacked photos.  The photo count at the bottom just counts what is showing, not the photos stacked behind.  My 13 of 21 had 8 hidden in a stack.  Photo stacks can be very subtle to notice.  Select all visible photos in the folder, control click (mac) to get the menu, go to stacking / expand all stacks.  That worked for me.  Back to 21 of 21!  Hope this helps you...

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Dkhyde - You're my HERO!!! The count of the folder said 248 but only 171 pictures were showing. I went into my Smart Collection of "All Pictures" and the pictures were all there AND in the right folder. I had stacked them. In LR5 they used to CLEARLY show they were stacked... in CC it's not as evident. Thanks for the great solution!

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What seems to be the same problem in LR CC for PC appeared today but none of the suggested solutions work. Only 25 of 196 pictures are showing in a given folder.  All but one appear to be star-rated, although I have no library filters selected. When I try to synchronize the folder I am told there are no pictures to import and when I try to manually import them from the Explorer folder all the pictures are greyed out, suggesting that the pics are somewhere in the catalog. So far everything seems to be the same as previous posters. HOWEVER, when I search the whole library for one of the missing photographs get a null result. I don't stack pictures, so that is not the problem. Any help would be gratefully received.

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Lightroom thinks the photos are imported into a different folder.

Here is the search you need to do. Perform all of these steps, in order

  1. Click on All Photographs on the left hand side of the Library Module (under the word Catalog)
  2. Expand all stacks (Photo->Stacking->Expand All Stacks)
  3. Turn off filters (Ctrl-L once or twice)
  4. Perform a search in Lightroom using the Filter Bar, search for one of these files by file name

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Well, that's bizarre. It may have worked, thanks very much, although if it did it did not do so for any reason I can understand. As I said in my original post, I *don't* stack pics, so expanding stacks should have made no difference. As I also said, I had turned off all filters, not that I had any active, and searched all pictures for one of the missing ones with no results. In other words, I had already done what you suggested. Anyway, I have my pics back so I'm happy.

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I *don't* stack pics

except perhaps by accident?

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how does one delete ?

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This is common it appears. After you've done the stand Mac troubleshooting: repair permissions, restart. Simply do this:

Open Lightroom and the catalog in question. Go Under the FILE dropdown menu and chose "Optimize Catalog".

This should fix the problem.

All the Best,

Steve

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I can see that this thread is quite old but some of the replies are recent so clearly it is an ongoing problem.

I am a new LightRoom user and I had exactly the same issue. Here is how I solved it.  It may not be the same for everyone that has had the problem, but here goes.

After viewing all the suggestions above, I was confident that I had not created copies, or was stacking pics.  I could also see that the LightRoom folder was pointing at exactly the same folder in explorer.  In one instance I had five files in LightRoom but over a hundred in the explorer folder.

I right-clicked on the offending folder in the LightRoom and then clicked synchronise.  Interestingly, I noticed that this option was greyed out on any folder where there was not a discrepancy (between Lightroom and Explorer).  I selected the option "show import dialog before importing". (this is important otherwise LightRoom will carry out the process but fail to import the pictures without telling you why it did not!).  Next step, there were no files shown to import until I unticked the option "prevent importing duplicates" (or similar wording).  Lo and behold, the missing files were suddenly displayed, and then successfully imported.

In another folder but with only 14 photos in explorer and just one missing file in LightRoom, I was able to carefully check the details of this supposed duplicate which was being excluded.  The file name was not even similar to any of the other 14.  Neither was the file size or date and time.  So I am mystified as to why LightRoom thought this was a duplicate.

Please let me know if this solution works for any others of you with this problem.

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The file name was not even similar to any of the other 14.

Lightroom is looking at EVERY PHOTO IN YOUR CATALOG to determine if a file may be a "duplicate", and not just the "other" files in this one folder.

Lr does not 'like' having more that one entry in the Catalog for identical files, no matter where they might be in your system.

It is possible that the file reported as a "Duplicate" is stored in another folder and already exists in the Catalog. This situation often occurs if files in a hard-drive folder are imported with the [Copy] option, thus creating two copies of the file on the hard-drive.

Your "offending folder..." with greyed out previews might also suggest the same situation.

Take note of a greyed-out file in the "Explorer" window that you are trying to synchronize, then do a search of the Lightroom catalog. You may find the photo is already living somewhere else in your computer.

Unticking the 'Prevent duplicates' option simply 'fools' Lr into allowing you to import the same photo twice.

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 10.0, Photoshop 22.0.1, Lightroom 4.0, Windows-10 Nikon DSLR.

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I was having the same problem. What I found out was that in my File Manager (Mac), that I had duplicate file names for 2 different events. So the most recent event was showing in Lightroom, but the previous one with the same file name was not. What I'm not sure I understand is that the ones showing up were .NEF and the ones not showing were .JPG.  What I did was just add an "a"after the number on the ones that were not showing, then I was able to synchronize the folder and everything is now showing up.

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Probably not a good idea, the newly imported photos will not have the edits and user-supplied metadata. You really need to find the photos in the Lightroom catalog and fix the problem, rather than importing a second copy with a different name.

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How do I find them in Lightroom, then? I looked and could not find them anywhere. I checked stacking, I synchronized (without adding a letter to the end of the file name), I've checked all my folders. If you have a way I can do that, I agree - I'd rather not lose any edits.

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How do I find them in Lightroom, then? I looked and could not find them anywhere. I checked stacking, I synchronized (without adding a letter to the end of the file name), I've checked all my folders. If you have a way I can do that, I agree - I'd rather not lose any edits.

See my answer in Reply #18 in this thread.

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I did the unstacking per your directions and it did not work. I am going to go with my process and, thankfully, most of the files I have to rename I have not edited yet.

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But I specified a 4 step process, not just unstacking. You can't just do the unstacking and say it didn't work.

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Also - I just did a second synchronization because I changed some more file names and I can now see both the original file and the edited version, so it does not look like I lost the edits afterall.  Thanks for your advice!

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I looked at both your 4-step processes and the problem I had with the first suggestion (looking for photos in the "wrong" folder) is that all my files were in the correct folder, they just weren't showing because Lightroom was hiding any older versions with the same file name (regardless of file extension, apparently). I also did all your unstacking steps and it did not bring up the files that I could see in my file manager that were not showing in Lightroom. Maybe there were some changes with the change to Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC. I have Lightroom CC.

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Ok, I think we've reached the end of the line here.

I looked at both your 4-step processes and the problem I had with the first suggestion (looking for photos in the "wrong" folder) is that all my files were in the correct folder, they just weren't showing because Lightroom was hiding any older versions with the same file name (regardless of file extension, apparently).

You have totally misunderstood the situation; clicking on All Photographs is a necessity, but if you're not going to do this (which would have taken you 10 seconds or less), then we can stop right now.

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racheln9405972, you are my hero. It worked adding a letter to al the file names! I know dj_paige does not receommend this, but when you have wasted app. 20 hours on this problem, you can live with two copies if the alternative is none.

THANKS!!!

dj_paige, I really do not think you have understood the problem with the missing photos. They are in the right folder but they do not appear in LR. I appreciate that you are trying to help, but do yourself a favour and acknowledge that there may be a real problem with the software here. Just becuse you do not experience it, does not mean that it is not an issue. I find many of your repliesextremely  condescending. None of your suggested solutions solved the problem. Accept it and acknowledge that a workable solution has been proposed by someone else.

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I am sure it is not at all meant as condescending, to point out that how an apparently simple and obvious resolution (re-importing as duplicates), will create some other less obvious, and much more difficult to resolve issues.

These issues seldom wait indefinitely, nor until it is most convenient, to emerge and bite you.

For example, straight away: "where has all the editing history gone?". "Why aren't these photos in any Collections?"

What the LR Folders panel shows you, is merely a representation of LR's current beliefs (memories) as to where files are located.

If something happens which changes where files are located - and there are a number of ways that drive details can alter, or some part of the folder path can alter - those beliefs naturally become outdated. Either the photos are "not found", or they ARE found - but just not showing up at the place in the Folders panel where you expect to see them... under a different drive volume, maybe.

The preferred resolution of this is surely to correct those wrong beliefs in relation to the already imported photos, either so that they are found, or so that they show up where you want, and then carry on.

NOT to have LR still persist in these accidentally wrong (albeit still correctable) beliefs about some secret mothballed version of each photo - one which preserves your edit History to date, collection memberships etc - while also introducing a new (valid) belief regarding a brand new, separate image version - which lacks all that work.

Especially since these two parallel image versions must contradict and clash, if you ever seek to tidy up the mess.

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As I stated, the problem is that you have accidentally imported the photos using COPY, and so now you have a second copy of the photos (which Lightroom knows about) that are not in the folder you think they are in. And so there is no problem with the software, it did exactly what you (accidentally) told it to do.

But unless you look for the photos elsewhere, you will never know.

And your solution of renaming the originals is not really a solution. As richardplondon​ stated, this causes other problems, you now have two copies of these photos in Lightroom, and they will not have the same edits and will not have the same user-supplied metadata. This is a recipe for confusion and disorganization and frustration.

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That worked. Thanks!

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