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Why can I not see folder names in LR 10.1 on MacOS?


New Member
Feb 5, 2021
Lightroom Version
10.1 Release
Operating System
  1. macOS 10.15 Catalina
Hi all.
Tearing my hair out here. I have LR 10.1, and my photos are on an external drive. On the drive, they are classed in folders according to what I was actually photographing that day. So, 'Honeymoon', 'Paris_2013', 'Family', 'Grandparents', 'Bicycles' etc.

During one of my imports, I meant to set the destination folder as 'Bicycles', but accidentally made it 'Bikes'. Now my external drive has 'Bicycles' with some photos and 'Bikes' with some more.

I want to move the photographs from one, into the other. The problem is that I can't seem to find those folders in the Library view. Screenshot attached.

I have tried everything I can. Right-clicking on a folder and then doing 'show parent folder' only shows another parent folder, with a date.

Is there a way to do this cleanly, without corrupting the database? Is there a way to display only folder names, replicating the structure of my external drive?

Thank you.


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Jun 20, 2009
Houston, TX USA
Lightroom Experience
Power User
Lightroom Version
Cloud Service
Your folder should be visible in the folder panel. The screen shot shows folder with Date names. Are you sure you did not import by date and create a Bike collection?

You should be able to search for one of the image file names and choose Show Folder in Library. To see the folder in the folder panel. By selecting all of the images in the “Bikes” folder in Grid view, you can simply drag these to the “Bicycles” folder and drop them. When the Bikes folder is showing 0 images in the folder panel, you can choose it and select “remove” from the context menu.

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Jul 2, 2015
Lightroom Experience
Power User
Lightroom Version
Right-clicking on a folder and then doing 'show parent folder' only shows another parent folder, with a date.
Right-click on that parent folder and choose ‘Show Parent Folder’ again.