Lightroom Classic: Folder has subfolder but the files attached to an icon on desktop does show files

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Lightroom folder has subfolder but the files show when I click the icon on the desktop and show in finder as well
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I'm not sure I understand what you're saying, Charles. Click what icon on the Desktop - the LR icon to open the program? Please elaborate on the issue and ideally provide screenshots.
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The IMG file is the only one that shows in the folder panel, the files open from the icon click.

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I see that there are more photos showing in Finder than in Lightroom. Do another import, where in the Source panel on the left in the Import dialog  you choose the IDKWTF folder, and choose Add in the top center above the grid to just add them to the catalog. If all the photos become grayed out in the grid in the Import dialog, that means that there is another copy of them already in Lightroom. If not, go ahead and import them.
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The pictures are subdued and don't import.

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That means that Lightroom thinks that the other pictures have already been imported. They could have been copied into another folder when they were imported. Select ‘All Photographs’ at the top of the left panel and see if you can find them.

If you are sure they are not already in Lightroom, then uncheck ‘Don’t import suspected duplicates’ in the Import dialog (top right).
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Or note the file name of one of the grayed out images that LR is telling you is already in its catalog, cancel out of Import, and do a text search for that file name: In the Catalog panel (top left) click on All Photographs, then in Grid view (G), above the grid in the Library Filter bar click on Text, then in the text box type the file name. When that file appears, right click on it and choose Go to Folder in Library - in the Folders panel Lightroom will show you what folder that image resides in.
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I found them.  What do I do next?
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They are basically where I want them, but why do they show up in the IDKWTF folder?

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Am I correct, Charles, that you found another copy of them in Lightroom, and those are in a different folder? If so, why you have a duplicate copy in the IDKWTF folder is hard to say - I'm guessing that when you first came home with the memory card, you (1) manually copied the images into the IDKWTF folder, and then when you did your Lightroom import, you chose Copy in the top center of the Import dialog so Lightroom made and is using another set of copies, that it put in the location you specified in the Destination panel of the Import dialog.  Just a guess, but it was some type of user error.
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As far as what you do next, I would go out to Mac Finder or Windows File Explorer and delete the versions in the IDKWTF folder that are not in Lightroom. Don't delete that one image that IS showing in Lightroom - using Lightroom's Folders panel, move that image to where the others are: in Grid view, drag from inside the photo thumbnail (not the gray border) and drop it on the folder you want it to reside in.
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I am back to having the 3 Macintosh HD's and my IDKWTF has more of the same 42 showing not imported.

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That is apparantely a known issue with Catalina, Charles.  Choose one that allows you to get down into Users>Charles...>Desktop>IDKWTF.
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By the way, Charles, why are you back in the Import dialog working with that folder? Did you go out to Mac Finder to that folder on your Desktop and delete those files, as I suggested yesterday?
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No, I wasn't sure by deleting it I would lose my pictures where they are stored.
Are those files somewhere else as well?
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I thought you wrote that you had found them. Below I have consolidated a response from Johan and one from myself where we were explaining how to find the versions already in LR:


(Regarding the images that are grayed out in the Import dialog)  That means that these images have already been imported. They could have been copied into another folder when they were imported. Select ‘All Photographs’ at the top of the left panel and see if you can find them or in the Import dialog note the file name of one of the grayed out images that LR is telling you is already in its catalog, cancel out of Import, and do a text search for that file name: In the Catalog panel (top left) click on All Photographs, then in Grid view (G), above the grid in the Library Filter bar click on Text, then in the text box type the file name. When that file appears or when you otherwise find one of these images, right click on it and choose Go to Folder in Library - in the Folders panel Lightroom will show you what folder that image resides in.
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Thank you very much for your help.  I appreciate your time and effort.
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My pleasure, Charles!