Lightroom Classic: Importing and exporting folder selection has become miserable

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When i go to import a folder from my computer desktop to work on in lightroom it used to allow me to select source as desktop and it would then populate all the folders i have on my desktop so I could select the one i want easily. Now it makes you manually select the folder you want by having to drill into to the hard drive then the user then the username then the desktop and finally you get to see list of folders you can choose from to import. It also works like this on export. Its painful. It used to be so simple. Why change it? It's a very bad user experience. please change it back or least let me have favourite folders I can have ready populated on the import dialogue box. It's a really bad change and makes importing/exporting so painful.
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Paul Craig

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  • Frustrated and angry at a bad change.

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Rikk Flohr, Official Rep

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You posted this as a Lightroom Classic and a Lightroom Desktop. Of which software are you speaking? Can you go to Help>System Info... and get us your installed version number?
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Paul Craig

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Oops sorry It was lightroom classic.

Lightroom Classic version: 9.2 

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Prabal Ghosh, Computer Scientist

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Hi Paul,
Are you MAC or Windows user? Also, can you please specify which OS version you are using.
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Paul Craig

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Hi I’m a Mac user and I’m using 10.15.3, which I think is the latest version.
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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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Hi Paul,
I see what you mean. When you choose the Desktop in 'Select a Source', the Files section below does not expand. Images on the desktop will be selected however, and if you check 'include subfolders' you should see the images in the folder on your desktop. If you have more than one folder on the desktop and only want to import one of them, it becomes a nuisance because you will have to dig in there manually.




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Jerry Syder

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It does expand on Windows.
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Paul Craig

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Yes Johan! Exactly. I never used to be like that! Thanks for the confirmation! 
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If I insert a camera card on my Mac, the source is automatically selected and the mounted volumes are lists in the source panel too.  However, in the Destination panel, the Source volumes are listed but none are expanded,  If I drill down in the Destination panel, the last used destination folder is already highlighted.  The Destination panel should be automatically expanded to sho the selected folder as it used to do. 
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Is this something new or has it always been like this on Mac?