Lightroom: Make meaning of "?" Button more obvious

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When Lightroom can't find a missing file, it posts a big banner across the image saying file is missing or offline.

If I know where the images is because I moved the folder and want to point lightroom at the missing file, I have to remember to look for the "?" (Locate) button in the thumbnail view of the image or the folder view in the left library panel.

I always forget that and have to use lightroom help to figure out how to do it.

Why not attach the button directly to the banner!
And why not have the button actually say "locate" instead of "?" ?)
Or if the word locate is not ambiguous enough, maybe a unique arrow
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Posted 7 years ago

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What I see is this:


And clicking the question mark icon brings up the locate dialog box.

Are you talking about something different?
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That's the one.
Knowing that it is the right one is not automatic.
Figuring out that that's the one is not simple.

I'll probably remember that from now forward, this being the fifth time I've needed it.

But anyone who discovers the banner across their missing image has no simple way to figure that out - like a button attached to the banner titled "fix this"

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I think the reason it's subtle is that some people work with offline photos as a regular part of their workflow (its "corrected" by plugging in a drive or loading a DVD..., or not...)

Still, for people like you and me (people for whom "offline" means "error that should be attended to immediately"), maybe a more obtrusive banner, or better still a background process upon startup to check (and build a collection, and prompt) would be a nice option.

Reminder: every image decorator with a rollover is clickable, granted it helps knowing what they mean, to know whether to click or not.
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agree "!"
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Note: you can create a collection of missing photos using Lightroom menus thusly:

Library -> Find Missing Photos

This is helpful if you think you might have have missing photos to deal with, but I'd still like to see that once-over integrity check performed in the background, initiated at startup (details enumerated in another thread) since often one doesn't know they have problems to check for (like missing photos) until its too late.