Lightroom Classic: How do I display complete path when in folder at filmstrop at bottom of screen

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I use the following structure when editing

Collection Name
- Year
  - Shoot Name 1
    - Edited
    - RAW
...
  - Shoot Name X
     - Edited
     - RAW

If for example I am editing in say Photo1\2018\Shoot Name 3\RAW\photo1.RAW, How can I get lightroom to display the complete path at the bottom instead of

Folder: RAW 15 photos / 1 selected/ photo1.RAW

At least how can I know what Shoot Name I am editing?

This is a bigger issues if I am in Library viewing a smart collection and have no clue where the files reside (other than view in finder).
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"How can I get lightroom to display the complete path at the bottom"

There isn't any way, unfortunately.

"At least how can I know what Shoot Name I am editing?"

Click on the Collections badge in the lower-right corner of the thumbnail:



That shows which collections the photo is in. Click on Edited, which will set the current source to be the Edited collection and scroll the Collections panel to show that collection in the context of its containing collection sets Year and Shoot Name.

Alternatively, change your workflow to use a hierarchical keyword rather than collections. Then the full hierarchy of the Edited keywords will show in the Keywording panel:



You can edit the keywords' attributes to prevent them from being exported in photos' metadata. In LR's user interface, keywords have all the capabilities of collections (*) and then some, though it would take some time adjusting the micro-details of your workflow to be comfortable with that approach.

(*) The one capability collections have is the ability to set a custom order of photos. Though with keywords and folders, you can set a custom order in the containing folder.
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Thanks for the awesome info.

When I am viewing a smart collection of several thousand photos, and I see a photo I like, I do not have the badges that you describe, so I can't see from what shoot it is from...  I can only right click and show in finder or go to library (in which case I loose my place while viewing)

Can I do this?

Or is there a way to automatically generate keywords or rename all my imported files where they are so that it has the year, and shoot name in it for an entire collection?
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"When I am viewing a smart collection of several thousand photos, and I see a photo I like, I do not have the badges that you describe, so I can't see from what shoot it is from"

Is the menu item View > Grid View Style > Show Badges checked? 

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Yes it is.  I can see for example if an image has a keyword or has been edited...  

Perhaps it's because I'm using smart collections to say "show me psd and tif files that don't have the keyword polaroid"...  so I can't see anywhere the full path (to get the name of the model or shoot for example).  I have over 2000 shoots/folders... 

If I go show folder, it takes me to the folder, but there is no back to go back to the list...

Similarly, if I have a shoot - and I look at the top directory (which has PSD and RAW subfolders, and I have a file that exists in two directories, I can't tell which file is which...
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"Perhaps it's because I'm using smart collections to say "show me psd and tif files that don't have the keyword polaroid"... "

Hmm, when I use a similar smart collection that matches 13K photos, the collections badge is displayed on the thumbnails:




If you're not seeing the collections badges for photos you're sure are in regular collections, then that sounds like a bug.  I suggest you start a new topic just for that, with details, screenshots, etc. That will ensure Adobe will see it and flag it as a bug.



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"If I go show folder, it takes me to the folder, but there is no back to go back to the list..."

There's a Go Back button hidden in the upper-left corner of the filmstrip:



It takes you to the previously selected source (folder, collection, published collection).

It's a little unfortunate that you have to open the filmstrip to see the button, but you can make the filmstrip pretty small.