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Thursday, 09 November 2023 00:12

Adobe Lightroom - Finding Previous Import

I read recently online, someone asking for help to find previously imported images in Adobe Lightroom. They had set a location, imported and after changing folders couldn't find where they had imported images to.

It sounds like a simple fix, and in a way it is, but sometimes it can be confusing and until you get to know your software there is that time when this kind of thing can occur - is it on an external drive, date based folders or all thrown together in one big folder? Or indeed a combination of these.

Thankfully Lightroom has a few ways of helping out in this case.


I'm in a folder in Lightroom, but not the images I'm looking for
I'm in a folder in Lightroom, but not the images I'm looking for
  • Go to Library (G) or Loupe (E) view and in the Catalog panel on the left column look for Previous Import, this will bring you to your most recent import.


Previous Import in Adobe Lightroom
Previous Import in Adobe Lightroom
  • And if you need to find the location that these images are stored in, right click on any of the images and choose Show in Explorer


Adobe Lightroom - Right Click > Show in ExplorerAdobe Lightroom - Right Click > Show in Explorer
  • This will bring up in Windows Explorer the actual folder that the images are stored in.

That's it, now you know how to find your most recently imported images in Adobe Lightroom, like this one of a colourful autumnal woodland path from Ireland.


Sometimes, particularly when moving folders between drives, Lightroom will show only the folder with images in the left hand pane without regard to actual folder hierarchy on the drive.

Read on for more on how to keep Lightroom tidy as you like it.

See the image here, the folders 2008-01-28, 2017-08-29 and 2018-01-07 are all located in folders based on year, so 2008, 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Adobe Lightroom Classic is full of shortcuts and learning them all can be slightly overwhelming.

Here is one shortcut that is useful, well two maybe.

Exporting photos from Lightroom is one of the most repeated tasks and speeding up that process can make a project quicker.


There are a few ways to get to the export dialog in Lightroom:

Wednesday, 03 March 2021 23:27

Adobe Lightroom Classic - Using Smart Previews

We all get to the stage where images are stored on different drives and sometimes we won't have access to those drives.

Especially when working on a laptop, a desk drive might be in a different location and the images on it temporarily inaccessible.

Lightroom has a handy feature for this very situation, called Smart Previews.

Smart Previews allow you to edit images when Lightroom can't access the original file, it contains all of your edits to the file made when the image was accessible.

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