Lightroom: Does not remember last export location (Mac)

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When I export photos from Lightroom, it always chooses an old location, not the location I exported to the last time. In previous versions of Lightroom, it did choose the latest export location as default.

While this is not the end of the world, it is annoying. For example I export some photos to a certain location. After a few minutes I want to export some more photos to the same location, but I have to browse to the destination directory again (because LR gives me a very old location I exported to).

I am using Lightroom CC 2015.7 on an iMac. This problem started a few versions ago.
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Hi,
We are not able to reproduce this issue.
Where is the recent exported location? in a network or external hard drive?

Thanks,
Sunil
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I've noticed since 2015.7, despite exporting more than a dozen individual photos to the desktop on my Mac, LR continues to pick a folder I exported to last week.
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It makes no difference if I use my iMac internal drive or a network drive as export location. LR keeps picking an old export folder as default.

Other people have noticed the same problem. Some people could solve it by deleting and re-creating their export presets, but that doesn't work for me.
https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2177715
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Lex, would it be possible for you to share with us a screen capture of your Export dialog?
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Lex van Oorspronk

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Sure, no problem.
The screen captures are in Dutch however, I hope you can make any sense of it :)
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If you recreate the preset from scratch and save it as a different name does it work as expected?
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Unfortunately that makes no difference.
I also tried deleting all presets in Finder and creating a new one, but that didn't work either.
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Mirroring your settings, I am unable to duplicate your results.  In my case, Lightroom always returns to the most recently used folder.  Even closing Lightroom and reopening it, Lightroom remembers the last folder. 

Have you tried to reset your preference file?
Close Lightroom. Hold down [Opt]+[Shift] and relaunch Lightroom. Overwrite the preferences when prompted. 

Does it still pull up the older folder?
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It works!
I reset my preference file like you said and now Lightroom remembers the last folder again.

Thank you for your quick replies!
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Thank You Rickk, I was having same issue and it was really annoying!!.. Cheers!
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I can confirm that I am experiencing the same issue and it's a big pain in the ass
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We are not able to reproduce the issue.
Resetting the Preference file, as explained above, solved the issue for some of the users.

Thanks,
Sunil
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We'll plenty of people have reproduced the issue so your answer is not much help. Of course you probably don't have a whole folder of settings created in the earlier version to use. Resetting the preference file is a pain in the ass and might not work, so that's a pretty feeble answer. Maybe you guys should test your products a bit more thoroughly before release
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You aren't using 'DefaultFolder' by any chance? That is a very nifty application that enhances 'open' and 'save' dialogs, and one of the things it can also do it set a default folder (hence the name).
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No, I've seen that and it looks cool but I prefer to keep my system as free of things that can go wrong as possible, I've had issues with third party apps like that in the past. Also I'd prefer it if Adobes software just did what it was supposed to do in the first place (or what it had been doing for countless years). 
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This was happening to me. I even edited out the locations in my presets but that didn't change a thing. Resetting prefs worked but boy was that a huge pain to go through to get things back to normal... 
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I'm using Windows version so this may not apply, but I had to change the "Export To" option to "Specific Folder" instead of "Choose Folder Later" , pick a folder and then actually export some photos to it. After that I reset it to "choose folder later" and the folder I exported to was selected the next time I wanted to Export. It's not perfect, but I picked a high level folder that I was closer in the tree than the one I was stuck with that was buried in the directory. Using 2015.12 
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I can confirm this on Mac as well. If I temporarily choose "Specific Folder", export one photo to it, then change back to "Choose Folder Later" LR will export to that newly chosen folder every time going forward. Even after quit & restart of LR.

I've had the problem for months and I've come around it with DefaultFolderX but it's only a half-solution as last location is what I'm usually needing, not the same default folder every time (and there's a annoying second as Lightroom Export first opens the wrong default folder and then DefaultFolderX loads the one I've setup).

I don't know what made this problem arise but I guess it's obvious somethings wrong with the Export Presets (as changing temporarily to "Specific Folder" has an effect on this).
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Resetting prefs does fix this. Resetting prefs is a huge pain.
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Well, after a year the problem has come back :(
I guess I will have to do a reset prefs again....
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Had the same problem. To fix, open the offending presets in a text editor (Lightroom can open the folder where the presets are located through the Preferences dialog). Find the line says the following:
  • export_destinationPathPrefix = "<whatever path it is stuck on is here>",
change it so that it says:
  • export_destinationPathPrefix = "",
Save the file. Restart lightroom.
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@dii: are you referring to the presets under Export Presets/User Presets ?

I edited them all but it didn't solve the problem.
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Worked for me. Latest Lightroom Classic
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I tried it and it didn't work. At least I managed to change the folder it was defaulting to up to the top level of my user directory.

I also tried copying the relevant parts out of one preset, deleting it's file, creating a new one and then pasting the relevant parts back in — apart from the destination section — and it still didn't work.

I believe there may be a part of a preference file somewhere else that is corrupted: as far as I am aware saving files and things like the last folder used etc. should be part of the OS's API (or whatever it's called in the OS system). I might be wrong but I would assume that Adobe just uses the built in stuff in finder to go to the last folder when a file save dialog is called up ...

Otherwise I have searched through the lightroom .plist and the only thing I can find that might be related is com.adobe.ag.export.file. I thought it might be a reference to a shared external export preference (for camera raw)  but can find no such file.

Anyway, this all really pisses me off and costs me time everyday. At least if Adobe could make a decent export system where we could string a bunch of output options together and choose a specific directory to send them too (a bit like you can do with the recipes in C1 really). I know I could make output a high res PSD or TIFF an export action run, but I've found that exporting to a downscaled size directly from the RAW file gives the best results, and I don't want extra steps to deal with. Exporting various sizes one at a time and having to navigate back to the correct folder every time is infuriating and, well computers are meant to save time doing stuff like this
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Strange. For me doing the preferences reset didn't work, but this did. Perhaps it was the combination of the two. I also changed my preferences so my user presets are stored with the catalogue (I only use one large catalogue), though that shouldn't make a difference.

Anyway, I agree that Lightroom needs a proper export engine. I also need to export a number of variants of each photo and it is very tedious selecting each export preset and their corresponding location every time. An export collection would be very handy.
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And somehow mine just broke again, going back to Libraries/Pictures every time. WTF Adobe?
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Same
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Got it working again. This time I had to go take out the directory from the Lightroom Preferences file, "Lightroom Classic CC 7 Preferences.agprefs" under "AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Lightroom\Preferences". It is a field called "AgDialogs_currentDirectory". Set it to:
  • AgDialogs_currentDirectory = "",
I suspect both the preferences file's AgDialogs_currentDirectory field as well as any presets' export_destinationPathPrefix fields need to be empty for it to remember where the last export was. Still don't know where that is saved.
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Cool, I'm going to give it a try. That's the kind of thing I was looking for (re. my last post).
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Sorry dii, I take it you are on a PC? Is that line inside the com.adobe.LightroomClassicCC7.agprefs file or somewhere else? I don't have the line AgDialogs_currentDirectory in com.adobe.LightroomClassicCC7.plist which I would assume is the equivalent MacOS preference.
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Yes I'm on Windows. My config file is called "Lightroom Classic CC 7 Preferences.agprefs". I have no idea what the Mac equivalent would be. If it helps your search, my config file has a lot of fields starting with Agdialogs_
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It must be system specific since there are no AgDialogs fields in the Mac preference file