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Lightroom won't let me export my photos

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Lightroom isn't letting me export my photos. The option to select "export" is gray as opposed to the normal black font so I can't even select the option. Please help me!!

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Correct answer by Per Berntsen | Adobe Community Professional

This means that you have either moved, renamed or deleted the file outside Lightroom, or it resides on an external disk which is not currently connected, so that Lightroom cannot find the file. To fix the problem, see this article:

Adobe Lightroom - Find moved or missing files and folders

You may also find this article helpful: http://perberntsen.com/misc/technical/lightoom.php

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Lightroom won't let me export my photos

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Lightroom isn't letting me export my photos. The option to select "export" is gray as opposed to the normal black font so I can't even select the option. Please help me!!

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Correct answer by Per Berntsen | Adobe Community Professional

This means that you have either moved, renamed or deleted the file outside Lightroom, or it resides on an external disk which is not currently connected, so that Lightroom cannot find the file. To fix the problem, see this article:

Adobe Lightroom - Find moved or missing files and folders

You may also find this article helpful: http://perberntsen.com/misc/technical/lightoom.php

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Have you actually selected any images. If no images are selected that is what happens.

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Have you actually selected any images. If no images are selected that is what happens.

Doesn't work that way for me. With no image selected, Export is not grayed out, and clicking it brings up the export dialog, saying "Export 28 files", so LR interprets this as all files selected, Must be a bug.

chillkickness - the text is always gray on the Export button, have you tried clicking it? Does File > Export work?

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When I click export it says the file is offline or missing. Any ideas?

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Per you are correct. Sorry to the OP for my misunderstanding of the problem.

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chillkickness  wrote

When I click export it says the file is offline or missing. Any ideas?

Then that is a different problem than the button being grayed out.

Where exactly are you storing your images? Is it on an external drive and if so is that drive connected and does it show up in the File Manager program for the OS installed on your computer?

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This means that you have either moved, renamed or deleted the file outside Lightroom, or it resides on an external disk which is not currently connected, so that Lightroom cannot find the file. To fix the problem, see this article:

Adobe Lightroom - Find moved or missing files and folders

You may also find this article helpful: http://perberntsen.com/misc/technical/lightoom.php

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Quite arrogant responses without actually helping @justshootme

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Hi Just Shoot ME,

Did you find an answer for this, I am having the same problem. TY

 

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I do not think that is the case, I am having the same problem, and I did not move, rename or dele and I tried the find missing, and nothing happened.

 

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You may think you didn't move rename or delete the photos, but Lightroom Classic thinks you (or some third party software ) did. So you need to find out why Lightroom Classic thinks this is the case. You need to determine, for at least one such photo, what exact folder and file name Lightroom Classic is looking for, and then you need to find that same photo file using your operating system. I am willing to bet Lightroom Classic and your operating system don't match.

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Hi DJ, Thanks so much for your quick response, oh, yes just ended up upgrading to Mojave as a way to troubleshooting another problem, ended up not needing to do this, and my LRC is now 9.4.

Now, what the heck am I to do? 

 

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10.14.6 Mojave

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It's not clear to me what upgrading your operating system has to do with the problem. Nevertheless, I suggested a course of action, that's what I think you should do.

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thank you, ok I will try this

So you need to find out why Lightroom Classic thinks this is the case. You need to determine, for at least one such photo, what exact folder and file name Lightroom Classic is looking for, and then you need to find that same photo file using your operating system. I am willing to bet Lightroom Classic and your operating system don't match.

 

I am away from my hard drive at the moment, after this, then what?

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"yes just ended up upgrading to Mojave"

 

Mac OS upgrades seem to have a bad habit of messing with file system permissions.

Make sure you have READ and WRITE access to the drive, the folder the LrCat file is in, and the parent of that folder.

 

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