Lightroom CC Import dialog box is misleading

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To add photos, I click the + icon or select File > Add Photos.
The dialog box that appears showing my folder structure has the following text at top left: Select Files or Folders.
If I select a folder, I cannot import it. I must first open it and then select all photos in it. 
So, the import dialog box should say: Select Files.
I am disappointed that I cannot import entire folders at once or multiple folders at once.
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Could you take us through the exact steps please Meg, as I can't reproduce the problem so far. And which OS are you using?
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I am using windows 10 desktop

To add photos, I:
click the '+' icon near top left 
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I select select File > Add Photos.
this is the dialog box that appears:


If I then select a folder, then click 'Review for Import' the folder opens and then I must select all images.
so what's the point of the text 'Select Files or Folders' ?

If I select more than 1 folder (it does say Folders) and then click 'Review for Import' , One of the folders I selected is chosen, and then I must open it. So clearly it cannot import folders.
So i think the wording is inaccurate.
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Ah ok. It is asking you to either select files or folders to show in the next window.

If you select files in that OS dialog, only those files show in the next window.

If you select a folder, it shows all of the photos in the next window.

To select them all, just hit Select All at the top of the second window. It's just giving you the option to deselect specific photos in that second window, where there's a decent size preview.
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I am not really asking. I am pointing this out:
I understand exactly what you are saying. It is still misleading. The implication is that one can add a folder or folders. One must select photos to add. All or some photos from a specific folder that must be opened first. One folder at a time.
So the text should be: 'Select Photos'.
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Perhaps we're talking at cross-purposes. You don't have to select photos in that dialog. You can even select the root of the drive if you want to. If you select a folder, all of the photos in that folder and all of its subfolders show up in the next screen, where you really do have to select photos.

Oh hang on... so if you selected a folder in that dialog, what are you expecting to happen? The folder itself to turn up in Lightroom?
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I DID expect the folder - or at least the files in that folder - to show up in Lightroom CC. 
If there is a large collection with a large folder structure to import, I'd have to open up each and every folder to import the files in it. That would be very time-consuming. 
No point for the dialog box to say 'select folders' when the end task is to select files, as only files can be uploaded.
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Ah ok, let's clarify. It's asking you to select files or folders in that specific dialog. If it just said Select Files, it would be inaccurate.

That large folder you mention is exactly the use case it has in mine. If you select the parent folder then click the Choose Folder button at the bottom, it will show all of the photos from all of the subfolders in the next photo selection screen. They wouldn't come in organized in folders, but they'd all get imported without you having to open up each and every folder.
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Oh my gosh golly! You are right. But...it's still odd and misleading wording!

What possibly happened:
If I go into a folder, and then click on one sub-folder I want to add to Lightroom CC, I would select the option 'Review for Import'. Why? Because I already did choose a folder, so why would I select 'Choose Folder'? If it said 'upload selected' or something like that, I probably would have selected that.

If multiple sub-folders are selected, and one chooses 'Review for Import', only one folder at a time can be reviewed for import. 

If a folder is opened and ALL sub-folders are selected, the 'Choose Folder' option is grayed-out. so, once a folder containing sub-folders is opened, the sub-folders cannot all be selected and added to Lightroom CC. One must go back a level in the file structure and select the folder above.

If a folder is opened an all the contents of that folder - including sub-folders are selected, and one selects 'Review for Import' , only images that are NOT in a sub-folder are previewed in Lightroom CC.

So, instead of 'Choose Folder', I think it should say 'Upload Selected'.
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That makes sense Meg. I'm not sure how much control they have over button naming in an OS dialog, but I agree the naming could be clearer.