Lightroom CC: Catalog not showing new folder

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I am using the latest version of Lightroom CC 7.1

I imported images into a new folder I created using the Destination>Create New Folder (found on right panel). The import process completed and I was able to view recently imported images without any problem. I switched between the Library and Develop modules and all the images were available.

The next day, I restarted Lightroom using the same catalog and noticed that the new folder I had created during the import session, was not visible in the Folders panel (Left Navigator panel).

The folder is visible through File Manager, I can see the folder on the right panel if I try to import new images, BUT the same folder is not visible in the Folders panel (Left Navigator panel).

How can I fix this problem without having to re-import my photos? 

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Arne Vollstedt

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Do You still see the photos in the recently imported section?
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...and if you do, try right clicking one and choose "Go to Folder in Library" and see if it shows up.
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John Plevritis

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Let's simplify.....

1. New Folder (i.e. 2018) was created in the Destination Panel (right panel) during Import.

2. Images were successfully imported into the new Destination Folder 2018.

3. When I exit the Import module and go to Library Module, the newly created folder 2018 and the imported images file DO NOT appear in the Folder Panel (left panel). If I right click and go to file manager, directory tree shows ALL the folders including the newly created 2018 and its' contents.


Why isn't LR showing my folder 2018 in the Folders Panel? How do I fix this problem?

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I'm wondering whether the underlying problem is something that has always frustrated me about LR's handling of nested folders - namely that a set of images in a folder that is nested in a hierarchy will show up with some of the hierarchy missing when you look inside LR. For example, if you have folders A, B, and C at the top level, and then create a folder D inside A and a folder E inside D, then if you put pictures into E and import them into LR, they will appear (inside LR' folders hierarchy) as though they were in A if there are no importable items inside folder D.  In that case, the folder E will show up as being inside A, rather than inside D. I think that this might have been fixed in recent updates (which I haven't installed because I hear about so many problems with the new versions), but I wonder whether this is your problem. My solution to this problem has been to put a single image as a place holder in each level of the hierarchy (in folder D in this example, and in A also, if there are no images there either). I haven't done this recently, but I think that the images going back up the folder tree don't have to be imported into LR for the structure to show up correctly in LR's folder structure.

Good luck and happy trails!
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Right-click on folder E and choose 'Show Parent Folder'.
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John Plevritis

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Let's simplify.....

1. New Folder (i.e. 2018) was created in the Destination Panel (right panel) during Import.

2. Images were successfully imported into the new Destination Folder 2018.

3. When I exit the Import module and go to Library Module, the newly created folder 2018 and the imported images file DO NOT appear in the Folder Panel (left panel). If I right click and go to file manager, directory tree shows ALL the folders including the newly created 2018 and its' contents.


Why isn't LR showing my folder 2018 in the Folders Panel? How do I fix this problem?

 

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Look at Item 3. "When I exit the Import module..." ... I asked myself, why would you need to exit the import module..? Well only, if the import never occurred. From the Beginning: On the left panel you choose your source, on the right the destination, but then you click on the "Import" (bottom right of the import module). AFTER that, the import window closes and LR imports the Photos and shows them in the Library Module. Rightclick one of the Photos in the Gridview and chose "Go to Folder in Library". Voilà :-)
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Have you tried to re-import the folder to the Lightroom catalog (Import dialog > add without moving files)?

I had a related issue for several months where new folders which were created during the import process were not listed in the correct nested place in the folder panel of the library. By pure chance I discovered that somehow the catalog had not referenced/handled the parent folder correctly. I re-imported the parent folder and from then on everything stays in place. 

That's just curing a symptom not the cause, but perhaps this workaround fits for your case as well.