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Question about viewing files in a folder

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New Member
Jan 17, 2020
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Operating System
  1. Windows 10
In a folder that has nested folders, you can see all the files in the main folder by opening the parent folder. This allows you to see all the files that are in the subfolders as well.

But how can you see the files that have not yet been placed into a subfolder?

This can be an issue when sorting a huge folder to make things neat (let's say a folder based on my family, broken into themes like year- perhaps this is an inefficient way to organize, but it works for me! :) Anyhow, the only way I can make sure I have not 'left behind' any files within the main folder is to move all subfolders into an entirely separate folder elsewhere in my catalog. This then reveals any files that had not been placed into a subfolder. then i continue sorting then move all the subfolders back within the parent folder.

Thats a pretty time consuming process. Is there a way to turn off subfolder view when looking into the parent folder?
May 9, 2015
Palo Alto, CA
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Power User
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On the folders panel title bar way over at the right end there is a very tiny little down arrow at the bottom right corner of the "+" sign. Get out your magnifying glass if need be to see it. click on it and you'll get a context menu where you can un-check "Show Photos in Subfolders".

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