Lightroom CC: Unable to store album locally on PC. No menu selection.

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Hi, I'm in the 7 day trial of Lightroom CC for PC/Win 10 and have easily created several albums. I would like to store those new albums locally on my hard drive but am unable to find a menu anywhere that gives me an option to 'Store Album Locally'. Is this option unavailable in the trial version?
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Hello Karen,

It should be there.  If you go to an Album and Right-Click it should have the Store Album Locally in the context menu. If you still don't see it, then go to Help>System Info... and get us your installed version number please. 
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Hi Rikk ... When I right click on an Album that I've created the choices are: Share to   Share to Web   Rename Album  Add photo to album  Set to... as target album Delete album.

Lightroom CC version: 2.1.1 [ 20181211-1217-31970e4 ] (Dec 11 2018)
Operating system: Windows 10
OS Version: 10.0 [17134]
Application architecture: x64
System architecture: x64
Logical processor count: 12
Processor speed: 3.6 GHz
Built-in memory: 16191.2 MB
Real memory available to Lightroom CC: 16191.2 MB
Real memory used by Lightroom CC: 800.2 MB (4.9%)
Virtual memory used by Lightroom CC: 748.2 MB
Memory cache size: 950.9 MB
Internal Camera Raw version: 11.1 [ 112 ]
Maximum thread count used by Camera Raw: 7
Camera Raw SIMD optimization: SSE2,AVX,AVX2
Camera Raw virtual memory: 0MB / 8095MB (0%)
Camera Raw real memory: 0MB / 16191MB (0%)
System DPI setting: 96 DPI
Desktop composition enabled: Yes
Displays: 1) 3840x1080
Input types: Multitouch: No, Integrated touch: No, Integrated pen: No, External touch: No, External pen: No, Keyboard: No
Graphics Processor Info:
DirectX: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (24.21.13.9793)

Do you need more of the system information? Thank you very much for your help! Karen

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A screenshot of your dialog would be helpful.

It should be second from the bottom. (Right above Delete Album)
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Looking at that screenshot, you already have the albums stored locally (the blue download icon shows that), therefore in that circumstance there's no point in having a right-click menu option to store locally....so Lightroom doesn't bother showing it. 
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Hope this helps solve the mystery :)!
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I've searched the hard drives by album name and cannot locate the files. The pictures in the albums appear to be stored by year, then date, in my specified location so that's all good knowing the pictures are there. Butt the albums as named, are nowhere to be found. I created each album by typing a name then adding photos. 
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Albums are virtual. They only exist in Lightroom. When you store an album locally, you make a local copy of the photos. That is why you won’t find the album name on disk somewhere.
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How do I store the virtual album locally without the command to do so?
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I think you already have stored it locally. Check your Preferences>Local Storage tab to see if the option to "Store a copy of all originals at the specified location" is checked. I suspect it is, which is why there is no "Store Album Locally" option when you right-click on an individual album, i.e. a copy of all the originals images have already been stored locally.

You probably need to understand that when choosing to store an album locally that does NOT create a discrete entity identifiable as a specific album. All it does is store a copy of the contents of that album in the specified location, so that they are available locally in the event of you taking your system offline. That "specified location" is the same location used by LRCC when you import images (they are first copied into that location prior to being uploaded), or when you download a copy of the entire image library, or when you download the images from one or more individual albums. The images are always stored in a capture date-based folder scheme, and their sole purpose is to enable LRCC to use them for performance needs and for the afore-mentioned "working offline" needs.
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My issue is that this happens to me even when photos are NOT stored locally on my laptop; they're stored locally on an external redundant backup-only drive. Sometimes I need a secondary option to store an album locally on my laptop, too, for when I'm traveling or whatever else. PLEASE, would be great to have more granular control on this.