Elements: Reconnect Issues and suggestion

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I converted from PSE 2018 to 2020 and found several hundred files, many in the same folder, that needed reconnected. I tried the reconnect all but that did not work. I can reconnect each file manually but very time consuming.  An improvement that would be very helpful is to set a default missing file search folder.  Now after reconnecting each file, when you try to move to another file in the same folder, PSE takes you back to a default start position which in my case is not even the same hard drive.  Thanks for considering.
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Gary Whittington

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As a matter of fact, you can already set the the default missing file search folder.
http://psekb.blogspot.com/2013/03/how-do-i-reconnect-missing-files-in.html
You are right that in many cases, the folder you are selecting seems to be right, but in reality, the folder path is changed to the original drive and not in the new one you just have selected. The interface is horribly inadequate.
Reconnecting in LR Classic comparatively works much better.

To be fair, I don't expect that Adobe will spend time and money to try to enhance the reconnect process in Elements. I am not sure there is even enough programming staff to understand how that very old feature was implemented.  Also,  it seems that the only enhancements marketing asks for Elements are 'automatic'  and gadget features for newbies. It seems that any improvement which would make Elements nearer in features to Lightroom are "streng verboten".

In this context, my view is that it would be rather easy to simply revamp the user interface of the reconnecting interface, even if Adobe is unable to make the reconnecting process more efficient.

My last word to marketing decision makers would be to realize that the new IA (Sensei) technology does not only need to be applied for introducing fancy automatic features for newbies. Since Elements appears to be a testing ground for AI, why would not that new technology be used to help and guide users for crucial management tools such as reconnection. The typical situation which Lightroom solves easily is to reconnect a whole library with files when the same folder folder structure has been kept on a different drive. If you know what you are doing, a single change in a catalog sqlite volume_table is enough in the organizer. Too dangerous to implement without some help from IA.  Would that help sell more PSE licenses? No. Fortunately for Adobe which hopes to sell more Lightroom. But that would be a new excellent testing ground to use AI more intelligently. Any way, I am dreaming. Marketing decision makers don't read this forum.