Problem updating old catalogues to Lr5

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I just bought Lr5 and opened an old catalogue created with the 3.6 version. Lr asked me whether I wanted to update the catalogue to the newest version but I thought I could just search for information first and do it later. I turns out, now I can't see that option again, therefore, my old catalogue is missing some of the sliders and options only Lr5 offers. I've looked through forums and documentation, but I cannot see where to make that update manually, because Lr won't ask me again when I open that catalogue. Could you please help me and try to update my catalogue? Thank you so much in advance.
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Ana Maria Hernandez Gomez

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Becky Sowada, Adobe Employee

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Hi Ana,

Anytime you try to open a catalog in Lightroom from an older version, Lightroom will prompt to update. Since you are not seeing the prompts, it means either the catalog was upgraded already, or you are working in a catalog created in Lightroom 5.

Try following these steps:

1. Start Lightroom 5
2. From the File menu, choose Open Catalog.
3. Select your Lightroom 3.6 catalog, and choose "yes" at the prompts to upgrade it.

Even after upgrading the catalog, the photos you have already developed in previous versions of Lightroom will retain their develop settings. There is something in Lightroom called "Process Version" that indicates which version of Lightroom was used to process your files. Older process versions will not show the same sliders as newer process versions. You can change Process Version on any photo by going to the Develop Module and selecting the version from the Settings menu under Process. Note that the math behind some of the develop settings has changed in the newer process version. This means that your photos *might* look different when you switch to the new process version, depending on what adjustments, and how much of each adjustment, you applied in Lightroom 3. I recommend that you update process version on each photo individually to determine for yourself if the change is what you want. On some photos, you may not notice any change, on some you may notice definite improvement, and on some you might not care for the change. You can always undo if you don't like the change.

Hope that helps,
Becky
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Oh, thank you so much, I'm sorry I forgot to answer this, but this just solved my problem.

Thanks again!! :-D