Lightroom: Left-Right Scroll function inside Folders Panel allowing you to see multiple levels of sub folders

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I am a professional photographer and shoot product catalogs for large retail companies for use on their web sites. This means that I have to shoot many variations of product lines (multiple seasons, materials, colors etc) and need to categorize and sub-categorize thousands of images (21,523 images for Spring 2013 to be exact).

I can't imagine I am the only photographer to encounter this but from what I can tell and what I have discovered by searching Google then calling Lightroom support, there is no Left-Right Scroll function inside the Folders Panel allowing me to see multiple levels of sub-folders.

This means that if there are more than 5 levels of nested sub-folders that I can't read the name of the folder and have to literally guess what folder I am in or count down from the last place I can read the folder title to figure out where I am.

Lightroom added 13 End Mark Flourish customizations but you can't see the sub-folders because of a design limitation? REALLY? Adobe Bridge doesn't have this problem, just Lightroom.

I'm using LR v4.3
Apple iMac 27"
OS 10.7.4

If I've overlooked something please let me know! I rather be wrong and know how to do it than right and not be able to do it. Having said that, 47 minutes on the phone with customer support and they agreed that it's a design flaw.

Case #184-116-112

PLEASE ADD THE LEFT-RIGHT SCROLL FEATURE TO THE FOLDERS PANEL IN THE NEXT VERSION OF LIGHTROOM (it's way more relevant and useful than a flourish at the bottom of the panel).

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Answer to question: you are correct, there is no L/R scroll in folder panel.
Workaround: wider panel and/or narrower font.

I do the former, by editing TranslationStrings.txt (in with Program Files, Resources folder, 2-char language subfolder).

mine, as example (C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.4 RC\Resources\en\TranslatedStrings.txt):

"$$$/locale_metric/Mac/Panel/maxWidth=900"
"$$$/locale_metric/Win/Panel/maxWidth=900"
"$$$/AgLibrary/Menu/Photo/Label/Toggle5Shortcut=Ctrl+9"

These entries can be created manually using a text editor, or using Jeffrey Friedl's Lightroom configurator.

Rob
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Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen, Champion

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There's a far easier way to get a wider side panel - just hold down Alt (Windows) / Opt (Mac) while you drag the edge.

I do agree scrolling would be more convenient though.
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Victoria, you are a champ! Thanks for your help and power user tip. I just tried it and it works exactly as you described. Life saver.

Cheers, Michel
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Victoria, you are a champ! Thanks for your help and power user tip. I just tried it and it works exactly as you described. Life saver.

Cheers, Michel