Lightroom: How do I export data from laptop to desktop?

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I am new to LIghtroom and have the Adobe Creative Cloud version.    I use a desk top computer for this work.  I recently went on a Lightroom course and the requirements were to take a Laptop. I was able to use my work Laptop for this course.   I saved all my files to an external hard drive.
Now I want to see the work I did on the laptop on my desk top monitor.  Can someone advise me how to transfer the adjusted images to my desktop?
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You have to transfer two things: the catalog where the edits are stored, and the images themselves. What you can do is open Lightroom on the laptop, select all the images and then choose 'File - Export as Catalog'. In the dialog that follows, give the catalog a name and check the option to 'export the negative files'. That is an odd way of saying that the master images should also be included. Check the other options too. Save this on an external disk. Then hook up this disk to the dektop computer, start Lightroom and choose 'File - Import from Another Catalog'. In the dialog that comes up, select the exported catalog and specify where you want the original images to be stored.
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Of course, if you find that all as frustratingly obtuse as I do, you can always buy a small portable drive and move that, instead of mess with trying to keep multiple catalogs synced.  That way any time you need to use your laptop—when you travel, for instance— you just take the small portable with you. Julieanne Kost did have the best video I saw on merging catalogs, but I decided my peace of mind was worth an external drive—I could use it for more than just my LR catalog. 

That being said, I'm sure people adjust to LR's strange ways if they primarily use LR. I use PS and Bridge, and sometimes LR for some things, so I really want to keep it simple.
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Using a portable disk still means you have to import the catalog on that disk into your master catalog when you get back home. Unless you are suggesting to store your master catalog and all your master images on that small portable disk...
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>  Unless you are suggesting to store your master catalog and all your master images on that small portable disk...>

The catalog is on the portable. It's a 2TB portable, and I don't keep the images on the portable. I store them on my hard drives with the desktop computer. The photos that start out on my laptop  do get moved to my photo hard drives. But I have just the one catalog that I move between computers. I believe it was Victoria who first mentioned that to me as a possible workflow—and so far, so good. As long as I remember not to move those files in Bridge. But if I forget, LR reminds me. LOL