Lightroom Folders panel doesn't look like the folder hierarchy in Windows

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Lightroom cc Navigator doesn't read the disk correctly. Folders are duplicated, some aren't shown. This makes navigation difficult when trying to load/find files.
Is there anyway to make Navigator read the folders correctly?
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What navigator? Are you talking about your library, or maybe an OS open or save dialog?
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Some computer details, especially what OS you're running, and a screenshot of what you're seeing would be helpful too.
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I'm referring to the Lightroom Navigator. The Lightroom CC menu that lets you select photos to view in Lightroom CC.

The Lightroom Navigator doesn't reflect the actual folder structure on the disk as shown by the Windows Explorer.OS: Windows 8.1 (latest updaye)

Computer: Dell XPS 8700
RAM 24 GB
Processor: Intel Core i7-4770 CPU @ 3.40 GHz
Video: AMD Radeon (TM) R9 200 Series
Two monitors: Dell U2412M at 1920 x 1200
Dell SP2309W at 2048 x 1152
The latest AMD driver is installed
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The Navigator panel in Lightroom just has a small photo. Perhaps you mean the Folders panel? Or the Source panel in the Import dialog? We'll need to see screenshots to help you untangle it, but it sounds like it might help to learn a little more about how Lightroom works so you understand what it's showing you. For a start, try my free Quick Start eBook http://www.lightroomqueen.com/quickstart, and particularly the pages on showing the folder hierarchy
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You are correct, I mean the Folder Panel.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lighjtroom CC Folders.

Lightroom CC Folders don't reflect the actual disk folder structure.
The Lightroom CC Folders list show duplicates and generally messed up folder structure.

Does anyone know how to get Lightroom CC Folders to reflect the actual Windows 8.1 folder structure?
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Without the previously requested screenshots, I don't think anybody's going to be able to help much.

That said, my first guess is you're struggling with some of the basics of file management in Lightroom. LR doesn't automatically show you all the folders on your hard drive. It only shows folders you point it at to manage your images.

If you're just starting out, I'd recommend checking out Julieanne Kost's video tutorials and/or Scott Kelby's book. Both are great resources to get you going. Victoria Bampton, who replied to you earlier, also has lots of good info on her site.

Btw, to check your "duplicates", try right-clicking on the folder name in the folder panel and then click "Show in Explorer". That will open a Windows Explorer window showing you the actual folder LR is pointing at on your hard drive. Repeat for the other one with the same name and see if they're actually pointing to the same spot. I think you'll find they're different.
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Thank you for the advice. I'll check it out.

No, I'm not new to Lightroom. I've been with it for years. However the screwed up folders only became a problem with the CC versions.
I have made folder listings from Explorer and Lighroom but you can't post photos on this blog.
I only hope they fix this screwed up folder structure some day soon.
Thanks to all.
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There should be an "Add Image" button on the lower right of the box you type in that'll let you add your screenshots.
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I made .jpg them with Snagit and selected them with the "Add image" but they wouldn't post. No error message. Just wouldn't post.