Lightroom: Possibility to add an empty root folder to existing subfolders

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Yesterday I could not add root folder to three other folders located in it, added separately some time ago to the Lightroom catalog. The situation was like this:
Subfolder1
Subfolder2
Subfolder3
(in the same root folder, but not visible in the Lightroom library panel). The only workaround to obtain such set of folders:
Root Folder
> Subfolder1
> Subfolder2
> Subfolder3
seems to be to add one image to such root folder in Windows Explorer, import it in Lightroom and delete, perhaps after updating locations for those subfolders (I forgot how I did that exactly).
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Posted 2 years ago

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Tom Mickow

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Not sure I'm understanding you 100%, but if you've got a physical folder structure on your hard drive, like:
  Root
  >>Sub1
  >>Sub2
but all you're seeing in Lr is:
  Sub1
  Sub2
If you want to see the Root & Subs, you can just right-click on Sub1 and choose "Show Parent Folder"
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Yes, I didn't notice that, don't know how it was possible ...
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Tom Mickow

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Looks like you edited out your original reply instead of adding a new one.
Did those screenshots and explanation make sense / work for you?
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I simply didn't notice "Show Parent Folder" option that time. And I didn't edit own reply. Thank you for your answers.
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Not sure what happened to your original reply then, but no matter.  As long as the info helped, we're good to go.  Happy Lightrooming!
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"Show Parent Folder" is valid and only shows up when you right-click on what's currently your top level showing in Lr.  If you're right-clicking on a subfolder, it won't show up.

For example, here's a Windows Explorer screenshot of a physical folder structure on a hard drive -
    

And here's what Lr shows in the Folders panel -
    
Notice only the subfolders are shown, not the root "Images" folder that's on the hard drive.

However, if I right-click on "Finished" and choose "Show Parent Folder"...
    

...the "Images" folder becomes the top level shown in the Folders panel and "Finished" and "Working" are shown as subfolders.
    

Also, you can't create folders above the level you're at, if that makes any sense.  It's a tree structure - the trunk has to be there before the first branch can grow off of it.  That branch has to be there before another branch can grow off of it, etc.

Hopefully that helps, but if not, upload a couple screenshots of your physical folder structure in Windows Explorer and the Folders panel in Lr to help decipher what you're after.