Category Archives: Finding missing files and folders

Adobe Lightroom – Find Missing or Moved Folder and Photos

A question that I often see on Adobe’s Lightroom User to User forum and even personal emails relates to a ? badge appearing on photos  –  “What does it mean and how do I make it go away” The short answer to the question is that Lightroom no longer has access to the photos  marked with the ? badge.  So now that we know why – what is the solution? Well, it just happens that the underlying cause and solution have been around as long as Lightroom itself. In fact, such is the confusion it caused in the past that I wrote a tutorial (Find missing or moved folder) with the intention of helping Lightroom 2 through 4 users better understand why the issue occurs and how it can be easily fixed. The tutorial remains valid right through to Lightroom 5. That being said, there is now a twist to how Lightroom might indicate that a photo is missing. The twist is the use of a ! badge instead of ? and a new feature called Smart Previews.

With this latest update I’ve revised the screen shots and included some basic information on the use of Smart Previews. These can be used when the user has deliberately disconnected the original photos but still requires access to them to apply develop adjustments.

Adobe Lightroom – Find Missing or Moved Files & Folders

Way back when Lightroom 2 was first released I published a number of tutorials to help users get up to speed with the new folder/file management tools associated with the Folders panel. One of these tutorials was entitled Find Missing or Moved Folders. To my surprise, this tutorial remains one of the most read on the site, which suggests that users are still experiencing issues when files are being from moved within Lightroom. How come? Well, there are a couple of answers, none of which are what a Lightroom user wants to read, but they really should. Anyway, given the continued interest in the tutorial I’ve updated it and added a couple of extra tips. Continue reading ->

  Library Grid view indicating missing files