LR unresponsive after starting

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When LR is just been started, it does not respond at all to commands in the Library menu, such as New Collection or New Smart Collection. Also the library sub-folderstructure is shown greyed out. It takes forever before the subfolders are accessible and commands are accepted.

My "solution" is to keep LR running all the time 
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Tell us a bit more Hans.  Operating system and Lightroom version would be a great start.

Beyond that, tell us more about the catalog.  How many photos.  How many smart collections.  When was it last optimized.  And where are the photos stored (e.g. local or network storage).
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Thanks for responding, Victoria. I am running LR 6 stand alone  on an iMac, OSX 10.10.5
#photo's is approx. 25.000, #smart collections 10. The majority of images is JPG (22.700), the rest is RAW. I started LR a few months ago, coming from Aperture, so the images have been imported. I never did an optimize and didn't know I had to (What does it do, how often needed?)

The folders are on a USB 3.0 external drive. Number of sub folders is 1000+

Hope this helps
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Let's start with Optimize then. It tidies up and helps to keep your catalog running smoothly and quickly. (The more technical version - over the course of time, with many imports and deletes, the data can become fragmented and spread across the whole database, making Lightroom jump around to nd the information it needs. Optimize Catalog runs a SQLite VACUUM command to sort it all back into the correct order, bringing it back up to speed.)

You'll find it under File menu > Optimize Catalog, and there's also a checkbox in the Back Up Catalog dialog, that's worth leaving checked when you back up so it happens automatically.

It's worth doing whenever LR's feeling a bit sluggish, or when you've made significant database changes, such as removing or importing a large number of photos
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Thanks Victoria. Since I don't perform a LR backup (but several system wide backups which include the catalog) I will do an optimize regularly from now on. From your answer I take it, the number of images nor the size of the LR folder should be a problem.
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Correct, the biggest I've worked on was around 1.3 million photos, and I know that there are bigger catalogs out there.
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I'm not the OP, I just hijacked your support ;)
My catalog is stored on an SSD, most images ar on my NAS (1Gb/s, I see a constant transfer rate of around 100 MB/s), some (The ones Istill have to merge etc.) are on a seperate local rotating disc. I mostly notice a decrease in speed after wonrking on a couple of images in develop or merging and stacking (!) many small batches consecutively. The images are in one subfolder per project (i.e. holiday) in one "All my original images" folder. I experience no problems on opening LR though, so I'll keep my keyboard shut for now ;)
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Victoria, after having done the optimize, things are running a lot smoother. Thanks for your support
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Great, thanks for the update.